Antarctica

Antarctica
Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 19:34 UTC

Delimitation of the Argentine continental shelf

Comparison of the Argentine submission with the area approved by CLCS

By Professor Peter Willetts, South Atlantic Council (*) - The Argentine Foreign Ministry announced on 28 March 2016 that it had gained international recognition of a claim to an exceptionally large continental shelf. But they were mistaken. Argentina had made a submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) on 21 April 2009 to claim sovereignty rights over the resources of the sea-bed.

Thursday, June 2nd 2016 - 08:29 UTC

Antarctic Treaty parties reaffirm commitment to ban on mining in the Antarctic

”Parties stand firm in their commitment that preserving the continent as a place of peace and science is more important than financial gain” said Claire Christian

The 29 countries party to the Antarctic Treaty unanimously agreed on Wednesday to a resolution at the 39th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) stating their “firm commitment to retain and continue to implement…as a matter of highest priority” the ban on mining activities in the Antarctic, which is part of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (also called the Madrid Protocol).

Friday, May 13th 2016 - 16:44 UTC

IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary with record number or participants; Bob Simpson reappointed

“There was a great sense of unity and achievement in the room when the meeting closed”, said Bob Simpson, Chair of IAATO’s Executive Committee.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has concluded its 25th anniversary meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA with a record number of participating members. Sixty-nine members attended, agreeing on changes to membership structure and outcomes that strengthen the association’s ability to achieve its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic.

Saturday, May 7th 2016 - 08:25 UTC

UK's state of the art polar research ship to be named Sir David Attenborough

The decision to name the ship after Sir David Attenborough comes only days before Sir David’s 90th birthday and is in recognition of his legacy in British broadcasting

The United Kingdom's £200 million state-of-the-art polar research ship is to be named after world renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, the Science Minister Jo Johnson confirmed on Friday. Following a call for suggestions that sparked global interest, Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough has been selected as a name that captures the ship’s scientific mission and celebrates the broadcaster’s contribution to natural science.

Tuesday, May 3rd 2016 - 21:04 UTC

Antarctica visitors increase 4.6% in 2015/16; IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary

American and Australian visitors remained the most numerous, accounting for 35.5% and 11% of the total number of visitors.

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2015-2016 Antarctic season on the first day of its 25th Anniversary Meeting in its home town of Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 05:11 UTC

Chile downplays Argentina's continental shelf extension which included Falklands and Antarctic territory

“What UN is saying is that there are 200 miles from the Argentine coast limit and they also include Malvinas, which obviously are British territory” said Retamales

A strong controversy is expected following statements from Chilean officials who downplayed the significance of the recent UN continental shelf maritime extension referred to Argentina and which included the Falklands, South Atlantic Islands and Antarctica territory.

Tuesday, March 29th 2016 - 02:45 UTC

Macri praises the 'State policy' and all those who contributed to design “the new map of Argentina”

“It's a project with two decades of studies and preparation, the effort of experts working in different fields and under different governments”

The new map of Argentina, implemented by the UN resolution that extends the country's continental shelf is an example of “State policy”, since it's a claim that has been elaborated in international forums for over twenty years under different governments, underlined president Mauricio Macri, following the official announcement on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 29th 2016 - 02:26 UTC

Argentina makes official presentation of new continental shelf outer limit

Deputy minister Carlos Foradori, who chaired the presentation panel said “this is definitively a factory of sovereignty creation, silently, constantly, permanently”

Argentina on Monday made the official presentation of the outer limit of its continental platform, passed by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, CLCS, on March 11, during a media conference which included officials from the foreign ministry, officers from the Navy and Coast Guard, scientists and lawmakers.

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.

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