Philately is an original, but significant resource for the
territories (nearly 45 % of their own revenues). The Territories indeed emit
their own stamps and those are very sought after by the collectors.
The captain supervising the postal operations
Many collectors forward, via the Harbour office of La reunion, their letters on board the Marion Dufresne, with special stamps.
Before each stopover, the conference room of the ship is transformed into a provisional post office : about 4000 letters will be posted on board!! Each one of them will receive a multitude of plugs (at least 10). Like the few other passengers, I had gone voluntary to participate to these gigantic pluggings sessions.