The L’Astrolabe is the French 65 meter multi purpose supply vessel used to support the French Southern and Antarctic Territories. Her home port is Brest but shes’s normally based in Hobart (Tasmania) from where sails toward South from end October till March in order to transport materials and persons.
Built in Canada, launched in 1986 as “Fort Resolution” and later renamed “Austral Fish” was a typical Supply vessel for offshore works.
in 1988 was acquired by the French company FISH and modified in order to become the support vessel for french operation in Antarctica: closed cargo area was added with the helideck on top as well accomodations for 50 passengers. Actually is managed by P&O.