M/V Plancius Expedition Ship
RacingThePlanet staff, media, racers and friends and family will be housed on the M/V Plancius for the duration of The Last Desert. The M/V Plancius accommodates 108 passengers. In addition, eight expedition guides and two medical doctors will be on board to assist with onshore and offshore activities.
History of Plancius
M/V Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy and was named “Hr. Ms. Tydeman”. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004 and was eventually purchased by Oceanwide Expeditions. The vessel was completely rebuilt as a passenger vessel in 2009 and complies with the latest SOLAS-regulations (Safety Of Life At Sea). M/V Plancius is classed by Lloyd’s Register and flies the Dutch flag.
The Expedition Crew
A team of RacingThePlanet staff will be managing the race. The team includes Founder Mary Gadams, who will be visiting Antarctica for her tenth time, race management team members, a course director, two medical doctors, and an official photographer and videographer. In addition, there will be eight expedition guides. These experts include guides that manage the course, safety, and drive the zodiac boats to and from shore. The experts on board will lecture on different aspects of Antarctic history, flora and fauna, and climate, as well as other topics.