The Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) and Byron Marine Ltd. announced this past week that the MV Pharos IX is soon to replace the MV Sigma as Fishery Patrol Ship for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
The MV Pharos IX has been purchased by Byron Marine Ltd. from the Commissioners of the Northern Lighthouses in Scotland and will be operated under a long term charter agreement with the GSGSSI.
The Pharos IX is a more modern vessel than the Sigma and has a greatly increased logistical capability, including the ability to carry shipping containers.
She has a fully operational helicopter deck and is extremely manoeuvrable. She will therefore be able to complement her prime role of fisheries patrol vessel with other important tasks for the Government.
The MV Sigma remains the property of Byron Marine Ltd but will no longer be on charter to the Government of South Georgia.