1983/84 V5 details

General information


Cruise Name

ADBEX2 - Antarctic Division BIOMASS Experiment II

Voyage Classification

Marine Science


MS Nella Dan

©AAD, Copyright Commonwealth of Australia 1965
Catalogue id
Voyage 2
Law, Phillip Garth (Phil)


Voyage Leader

Knowles Ronald Kerry

Deputy Voyage Leader

R M Burbury


Nella Dan left Hobart with a full complement of passengers including 4 members of Davis 1984, 6 members of Davis summer 1983-84, 21 Mawson 1984 and 3 Mawson summer 1983-84, 18 scientists and support staff for the ABDEX-II program, general cargo for Mawson and a small amount of priority cargo for Davis. A meteorological buoy was launched at 53d 25.6'S 132d 44.0'E on 7 Jan. The marine biology program began on 14 Jan at 63dS 73dE and continued along 73dE. However, after 10 hours bad weather forced a suspension. The Davis ice edge, just to the north of the anchorage, was reached on the afternoon of 15 Jan. Personnel and cargo were discharged by LARC and barge, operating to the south of Gardner Island. The ship sailed soon after midnight. The marine program was resumed later that day. Five stations were taken along the track to 65dS 73dE. At 66d30'S 60dE a sampling station was taken. Further stations were taken at 66d30'S 59dE and 66d08'S 57d46'E. The latter station was within the pack-ice. A transect was then run north along 58dE to 63dS and then down 60dE to 66dS. Finally on 23 Januray four stations were taken from there on a direct line to Mawson. Total station time was two days ten hours, additional steaming time four days five hours, and hove-to one day six hours. The remaining time was taken up with normal steaming. Sampling included 24 CTD casts, 22 bongo hauls, 18 RMT and 2 beam trawls. At all CTD stations water was collected for salinity, oxygen and nutrient analysis. Bongo hauls were made for krill larvae and RMT hauls for krill for ageing. Reproductive studies for investigations of bioluminescence metabolic studies were made on animals collected by drift nets. On 24 Jan Nella Dan arrived at the edge of the pack-ice about 10 km from Mawson, reaching the harbour on 1 Feb. Despite the large amount of broken ice, unloading was done using the barge Fred Bond assisted by LARCs. Change-over of the station was completed and the ship left on 4 Feb, berthing at Hobart on 16 Feb - about 8 days later than scheduled. Source: Antarctic Division Annual Review 1983-84

Voyage Reports

No reports known - if you know of any, please contact the Data Centre and we can add them.


Hobart  3-Jan-1984  Davis  15-Jan-1984 
Davis  16-Jan-1984  Mawson  1-Feb-1984 
Mawson  4-Feb-1984  Hobart  16-Feb-1984 

See also List of sitreps - not guaranteed to work as voyage naming conventions are not consistent.

See the 1983/84 Voyage Schedule for other voyages for this season.

Voyage track

Spatial bounds of voyage

Voyage Track map from the Marine Underway database, averaged every 15 minutes

Voyage Data and Activities

Biological Collections

List of collections of species data collected on this voyage. Some collections are voyage specific or might be from a wider set of observations or samples.

Collection NameObservation countLink to data search form
Pelagic Fish Observations 1968-1999 160 Search
RMT Trawl catch from the 1983/84 V5 ADBEX II voyage 184 Search
Seabirds of the Southern and South Indian Ocean 706 Search

Voyage activities

CTD Cast Data 24 CTD's - At all CTD stations water was collected for salinity, oxygen and nutrient analysis. - Link to data at CTD Cast Data

For data quality, methods used etc., see ADBEX_II_ocean - Nella Dan: ADBEX II Cruise - Oceanography data at GCMD
Underway Data & Voyage Tracks 1587 positions recorded. - Link to data at Underway Data & Voyage Tracks

Data from 17-Jan-1984 14:19 UT to 7-Feb-1984 14:24 UT

For data quality, methods used etc., see 198384050 - MS Nella Dan Voyage V5 1983/84 (ADBEX2) Track and Underway Data at GCMD
Wildlife at Sea observations Observed 28 species from 719 observations. See Species and observation count - Link to data at Wildlife at Sea observations

Observers: Jenny Bassett, Paul Ensor

Data from 21-Nov-1983 00:00 UT to 14-Feb-1984 00:00 UT

For data quality, methods used etc., see DB_WOV *** at GCMD


Weather plot of voyage

Science Projects

Note - this page lists projects where there has been some requirements logged. This may include requests that are not directly associated with any science performed on the ship.

No Australian Antarctic Science Projects for voyage. See Current and Previous Projects for details on other projects.