Antarctica

Antarctica
Monday, January 26th 2015 - 21:39 UTC

State of the art polar vessel for BAS to be delivered in 2019

The design of the news BAS polar vessel which should be ready for operations in 2019 at a cost of £200 million

A new polar research vessel is currently being designed for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The new vessel will be an ice-capable, multi-role polar research and logistics ship which will be used to conduct science and to resupply the BAS stations such as the two in South Georgia, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:36 UTC

Falklands resident and South Georgia Marine Officer awarded Polar Medals

Mrs. Poncet has been involved with South Georgia for more than 35 years. She first visited SG with Jerome Poncet on Damien II in 1977

Environmentalist, renowned sailor and Falklands resident Sally Poncet has joined an elite group of only eight women to have been awarded the prestigious Polar Medal this year. South Georgia Marine Officer Patrick Lurcock has also received the honor.

Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:29 UTC

IAATO Environmental Manager is former BAS official and 2013 Queen's Polar Medal

“Tudor brings with him a wealth of polar experience, with varying perspectives on the tourism industry”, said IAATO Executive Director, Dr Kim Crosbie

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced the appointment of Tudor Morgan to the full-time position of Environmental Manager. Tudor’s overall role is to support safe and environmentally responsible tourism to Antarctica, with a particular focus on field operations.

Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:20 UTC

Colombia launches first Antarctic research expedition with Chilean training

ARC 20 de Julio which carries a helicopter will spend three months in Antarctica on scientific research tasks

Colombia's first Antarctica expedition is expected to call in Punta Arenas on Wednesday before crossing to the peninsula to begin a three-month scientific hydrographic and climate research with twenty researchers on board committed to ten projects.

Monday, December 22nd 2014 - 22:28 UTC

Travellers advised to check before flying a drone in Antarctica

Flying drones in Antarctica raises evironmental concern

IAATO warns security measures essential for this relatively new activity. Tour operators may have to ban the use of unmanned vehicles out of environmental concerns

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.

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