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Montevideo, March 26th 2017 - 03:21 UTC

Antarctica

  • Monday, January 30th 2017 - 09:55 UTC

    New Antarctica record for a cruise vessel

    The World is currently undertaking a 22-day expedition of the Ross Sea, including 12 days in Antarctica assisted by EYOS Expeditions led by Rob McCallum.

    The residential ship, The World, has broken the record for the most southerly navigation reaching 78°43•997´S and 163°41•421´W at the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The World recorded this polar record at 10:41hrs ship’s time on Saturday. Commanded by Captain Dag H. Saevik this is the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed.

  • Sunday, January 29th 2017 - 09:57 UTC

    Damaged cruise vessel ready to leave Ushuaia on a piggy-back trip to Europe

    National Geographic Orion loaded on to the Rolldock Storm in Ushuaia after a seven hour operation

    A major rescue operation took place in Ushuaia, Argentine Tierra del Fuego when a cruise vessel from National Geographic, which was non operational since limping back from Antarctica a month ago was hauled on to a special tug-carrier and is now preparing for its piggy-back trip to a Dutch ship yard for repairs.

  • Saturday, January 21st 2017 - 09:08 UTC

    Vogue exploring the Falklands: Island hopping at the end of the world

    Attempt a pub crawl around the English pubs in Stanley, pausing in iconic red phone booths for pics along the way. Start at the wood-panel-lined Victory Bar

    Vogue magazine in its Living section, dedicated a well illustrated piece to the Falklands and to South Georgia, underlining its untouched beauty. Written by Lane Nieset, it offers five travel options, four in the Falklands and one in South Georgia.

  • Wednesday, January 18th 2017 - 12:05 UTC

    HMS Protector recovers equipment abandoned in remote Antarctic island

    A flurry of activity saw sailors and marines attack the site with spades, saws and ice picks, freeing numerous items, including rope, skis, scaffolding and barrels

    Personnel from HMS Protector have removed equipment abandoned more than 30 years ago on a remote island in Antarctica. The ice patrol ship attempted to remove equipment three years ago from Brabant Island – the second largest island of the Palmer Archipelago within the British Antarctic Territory – but were thwarted by bad weather.

  • Friday, December 23rd 2016 - 00:54 UTC

    Scientific circumnavigation of Antarctica takes off from South Africa

    The researchers will be traveling on board a Russian research vessel, the Akademik Treshnikov, along with about 60 crew members.

    An international scientific voyage, comprising 60 researchers from 30 different countries (including Argentina), has set off from South Africa on a three-month tour of the Antarctic to study the extreme environment and impact of climate change on the Southern Ocean.

  • Wednesday, December 21st 2016 - 19:37 UTC

    Argentine scientists arrive at Antarctica's Belgrano II Base to study climate change

    Belgrano II is Argentina's southernmost base in Antarctica

    Twenty-one Argentine experts who will investigate climate change have arrived at the country's southernmost Antarctic Belgrano II Base, it was reported.

  • Sunday, December 18th 2016 - 23:57 UTC

    Argentine Navy ship sets sail on Antarctica PANC mission to relieve Chile's Lautaro

    ARA Islas Malvinas is on its way to Antarctica on a PANC mission

    The Argentine Navy's ARA Islas Malvinas set sail Friday enroute to Antarctica to take part in the joint operation with the Chilean Navy in the “Combined Naval Antarctic Patrol” -- better known for its Spanish acronym PANC (Patrulla Antártica Naval Combinada) -- to control maritime traffic and address environmental issues in the area.

  • Wednesday, December 14th 2016 - 05:35 UTC

    IAATO's 25 years pioneering performance recognized with place-names in Antarctica

    The place-names selected includes a group of islands in the Grandidier Channel named the IAATO Islands

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has been recognized in a recent suite of Antarctic place names made by the United Kingdom.The place-names selected for inclusion in a place-naming theme for the pioneers of safe and environmentally responsible Antarctic tourism, includes a group of islands in the Grandidier Channel named the IAATO Islands, to reflect the organization’s role, over the past 25 years, in advocating and promoting the practice of safe and environmentally-responsible Antarctic tourism.

  • Friday, December 9th 2016 - 10:53 UTC

    Argentina and Chile alternate in Antarctic Combined Naval Patrolling

    ARA Islas Malvinas is one of four Russian built polar multipurpose class tug, purchased at the end of ex president Cristina Fernandez mandate

    Argentina and Chile are already alternatively operating the Antarctica Combined Naval Patrolling, (PANC), which is responsible for maritime control and safety, including search and rescue missions, in the Southern Ocean particularly significant in summer months because of the increase in tourism traffic.

  • Friday, December 9th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

    UK celebrates 25th anniversary of Antarctic Environmental protection treaty

    “The Environmental Protocol is the only international agreement designed to protect an entire continent” pointed out Sir Alan

    On the twenty fifth anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty Protocol on Environmental Protection, British Minister for Polar Regions, Sir Alan Duncan underlined the hsitoric contribution and role played by the UK in Antarctica and in elaborating the protocol. Sir Duncan also pointed out that Antarctica has been the scene of considerable cooperation between the UK and Argentina, both within the Treaty system and in the field of science, “an area where I hope we may be able to do even more in the coming years”.