Antarctica

Antarctica
Wednesday, March 23rd 2016 - 05:48 UTC

Panel of experts will name the new UK polar research vessel

The state-of-the-art £200m vessel will be launched in 2019 to replace Royal Research Ships (RRS) Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross.

The name of a new British polar research vessel will be chosen by a panel of experts, even if the public overwhelmingly votes to call it Boaty McBoatface. Lord West, ex-First Sea Lord, said he was rather proud “silly names” had been suggested but hoped none were chosen.

Monday, March 14th 2016 - 23:42 UTC

World famous toothfish poaching vessel caught and destroyed in Indonesia

The Indonesia navy seized the Nigeria-flagged Viking on Feb. 25 operating in waters off Tanjung Berakit in Riau Islands province south of Singapore.

Indonesian authorities on Monday bombed the last major ship internationally wanted for years of illegally taking toothfish from southern waters, reiterating a strong message to would-be poachers who enter the country's waters.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016 - 07:45 UTC

Brazil begins reconstruction of Antarctica base “Comandante Ferraz” lost to fire in 2012

 The new base will cost US$ 99.6m and will be built by a Chinese company which won the international bidding process.

A symbolic ceremony launching the reconstruction of Brazil's “Comandante Ferraz” Antarctic base was held at the Chilean Antarctic Institute in Punta Arenas with the attendance of top officials from both countries. The Brazilian base, located in King George Island was a total loss back in February 2012 caused by a fire that started at the power room.

Friday, February 26th 2016 - 07:19 UTC

Australian icebreaker stranded in Antarctica next to Mawson Station

The Australian Antarctic Division said 80 mph blizzards are whipping the area, and they are waiting for better weather before rescuing its expeditioners and crew.

Freezing winds are continuing to hamper the rescue of 68 people from an Australian icebreaker ship stranded in Antarctica. Aurora Australis was on a supply mission to Mawson Station when it broke its mooring and ran aground in Horseshoe Harbour on Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 - 06:43 UTC

Argentina celebrates 112th anniversary of flag flying and presence in Antarctica

Since 1904 Argentina has had a standing uninterrupted presence in Antarctica and in 1959 was one of the original signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, said the ministry

Argentina Antarctica Day was celebrated on Monday 22 February, recalling the 112th anniversary of the first time the country's flag was flown at the Meteorological and Magnetic Observatory in the Laure Island, South Orkneys in 1904.

Friday, February 19th 2016 - 04:49 UTC

New study reveals patterns in Antarctic tourism: more visitors but highly concentrated in area

The analysis was conducted by Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York in conjunction with International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO)

Results from a new study examining 20 years of commercial cruise activity in the Antarctic Peninsula region have important implications for Antarctic visitor management. The paper was published online this week in the journal Antarctic Science, according to the latest release from IAATO.

Thursday, February 18th 2016 - 07:16 UTC

Russian Patriarch holds mass at the Bellingshausen Antarctic base

“Here, at the top of the world… When I blessed water in Antarctica today I was thinking about the entire planet below and prayed for this God’s creation,”

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Wednesday served mass at Russia’s Bellingshausen Antarctic station on Waterloo Island and raised a prayer for the entire world. It was the last leg of the Patriarch's Latin American tour that included a meeting with Pope Francis in Cuba, ending a Christianity schism of almost a thousand years.

Thursday, February 18th 2016 - 06:32 UTC

Punta Arenas expects to become homeport for an Antarctica cruise line

“Queen Mary 2 is iconic and any port it calls, gets on the spotlight. While she was here everything worked out nicely, which is a powerful indicator”.

Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile is encouraged by the cruise industry prospects for its port and facilities: this season Norwegian Sun has returned with at least ten calls and for 2016/2017 a line will be cruising to Antarctica with Punta Arenas as a home port.

Tuesday, February 16th 2016 - 08:30 UTC

Blocked access to food in Antarctica kills an estimated 150.000 Adelie penguins

The huge piece of ice forced the birds to walk more than 60 kilometers in search of food, gradually reducing the population to just a few thousand.

Scientists say an estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins have been wiped out on Antarctica's Cape Denison in the five years since a giant iceberg blocked their main access to food. A study recently published in the journal Antarctic Science says the B09B iceberg crashed with the Mertz Glacier Tongue and got stuck in Commonwealth Bay, an area that was rarely covered by sea-ice, making it ideal for Adelie penguin colonies.

Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 06:24 UTC

IAATO animated briefings for Antarctic visitors

The IAATO animations use beautiful wooden puzzle pieces to reflect Antarctica’s extraordinary natural environment.

New videos have been developed by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) to brief travelers en route to Antarctica. They reinforce actions visitors need to take to ensure their visit is safe and environmentally sensitive.

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