The Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov set sail from Cape Town on Tuesday to take a group of international scientists around the Antarctic so that they can learn more about climate change.
On board with the 60 crew members, will be 55 researchers selected for the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) - a joint project with Switzerland.
The items tied down on the vast ship included two helicopters, laboratories inside containers, and rubber dinghies.
Until March 2017 the scientists and crew will journey through three oceans around the bottom of the planet. From Cape Town they will spend the Antarctic summer island hopping from Marion Island, then on to Crozet Island, Kerguelen Islands, Herd Island, Hobart, Maquarie, Mertz, Balleny, Scott, the remote island Peter the First, Diego Ramirez off Chile, Punta Arenas in Chile, South Georgia Island, South Sandwhich island, Bouvet, and then back to South Africa.