Antarctica

Antarctica
Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 07:18 UTC

Chile plans to build a new icebreaker and has earmarked an initial 150 million

Chile's current icebreaker “Almirante Oscar Viel” is coming to the end of its service life. Built in 1969 it belonged to the Canadian Navy

Chile is planning a strong expansion of its Antarctic and maritime support vessels as well as a major repair yard, according to a recent pledge by President Michelle Bachelet during the opening of the Exponaval and Trans-Port exhibitions in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.

Thursday, November 27th 2014 - 06:50 UTC

Antarctica sea ice thicker than anticipated reveals an autonomous sub

SeaBed was released in the Antarctic spring seasons of 2010 and 2012 to sample ice thickness in six locations that included the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas (Pic BAS)

A novel autonomous sub has acquired the first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice. Released from a ship, the vehicle crisscrossed the underside of the floes, using upward-looking sonar to measure their shape.

Tuesday, November 25th 2014 - 06:57 UTC

Busy October in South Georgia: 21 harbor calls and 400 paying cruise visitors

The main tourist season started on October 22nd with the arrival of the cruise ship “Ushuaia”. Three more cruise ships visited before the end of the month

October was a busy month for shipping activities in South Georgia with 21 harbor visits to Cumberland Bay and nearly 400 paying passengers visiting, according to the latest edition (October) of the South Georgia News and Events release.

Wednesday, November 19th 2014 - 07:51 UTC

Greenpeace condemns Japan’s rush to resume Antarctic whaling

Japan’s new program sets a quota of 333 minke whales, no fin whales and no humpback whales from 2015 to 2026.

Greenpeace on Tuesday condemned the Government of Japan's rush to resume Antarctic whaling and called on them to abide by world opinion and the clearly expressed desires of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Tuesday, November 18th 2014 - 07:18 UTC

Ushuaia gateway to Antarctica: of 295 cruise calls this season 60% will travel south

Half of tourists visiting Tierra del Fuego, 50% arrive in cruise vessels

Ushuaia, the world's southern most city and gateway to Antarctica cruises expects this 2014/2015 season an estimated forty vessels and 295 calls, according to Tierra del Fuego province port authorities. As usual the first vessel to arrive was Chilean flagged Stella Australis with 210 passengers, at the end of September, which is also expected to close the season in April next year.

Thursday, November 6th 2014 - 08:02 UTC

Australia confident of Antarctic Marine Protected Areas approval in 2015

“While Australia is disappointed consensus was not achieved, we are pleased about the constructive nature of the discussions” Dr Fleming said.

Australia will continue to push for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) off East Antarctica despite the proposal not being adopted at the annual Commission for the Conservation of the Antarctic Marine Living Resources, (CCAMLR) which last month met in Hobart, Tasmania.

Saturday, November 1st 2014 - 04:22 UTC

Creation of Antarctica marine protected areas blocked by China and Russia

“Appalling attitude” from China and Russia ignoring majority of CCAMLR, said Mark Epstein, from Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC).

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect key areas in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica at its annual meeting in Hobart due to blocking by China and Russia. The partners of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) said that this failure to reach consensus for the fourth time calls into question CCAMLR’s ability to deliver on its conservation commitments.

Friday, October 24th 2014 - 05:11 UTC

Notebook from member of Scott's Antarctic expedition found a century later

It belonged to scientist George Murray Levick and was discovered outside Scott's 1911 Terra Nova base during last year's summer ice melt

A photographic notebook from Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust said.

Monday, October 20th 2014 - 21:56 UTC

AOA calls on CCAMLR to agree on marine protection of the Ross Sea and East Antarctica

A joint US-NZ proposal to designate a Ross Sea marine protected area (MPA) of 1.32 million km2 (with 1.25 million km2 as “no take”) is under consideration

As representatives of the 25 Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet this week in Hobart, where they will decide the fate of two key protection proposals in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) (*) called on the member countries to honor their conservation commitments and finally agree to lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

HMS Iron Duke and Ice Patrol HMS Protector coincide in South Georgia

Frigate HMS Iron Duke will be patrolling the area including a call at the Falklands

The Royal Navy HMS Iron Duke on Atlantic Patrol Tasking south berthed this week in South Georgia for a few days where she also met with Ice Patrol HMS Protector which arrived at the islands on her deployment to Antarctica, after battling hurricane force winds and 24 meters waves.

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