Antarctica

Antarctica
Wednesday, November 4th 2015 - 07:18 UTC

Australia announces construction of new icebreaker and more funds for Antarctic research

The new icebreaker will be faster (max speed of 16 knots), larger (156 meters long), and stronger with a 1.65-meter icebreaking capacity

The Australian government has provided the first look at Australia's new icebreaker, a ship it says will offer scientists unprecedented and extended access to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 06:08 UTC

Frustration with CCAMLR meeting: no advance on conservation proposals

”CCAMLR failed to pass a single important measure to enhance conservation – its primary responsibility,” said Mark Epstein from ASOC

The 34th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources closed Friday in Hobart, Tasmania with the unexpected emergence of China as a supporter for a revised Ross Sea MPA. The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) described the Commission’s slow progress to live up to its conservation responsibilities as “challenging”.

Thursday, October 22nd 2015 - 19:05 UTC

Ushuaia cruise season takes off: 331 calls estimated in 2015/16

Antarctic cruises sail across the Drake Passage to Antarctica peninsula, a full two days trip, which can later include south seas islands such as South Georgia

The 2015/16 cruise season has taken off in Argentine Tierra del Fuego with the arrival on Monday, of 'Ushuaia' and 90 passengers, one of the 331 calls which are estimated according to Ushuaia authorities. Gianfranco Guardamagna head of the Tierra del Fuego Tourism Institute recalled the significance of the cruise industry for Ushuaia, since the austral city “commands 95% of all international Antarctic tourism”.

Monday, October 19th 2015 - 21:46 UTC

Polar operators keen on conducting citizen science projects

Kim Crosbie, Executive Director, IAATO, highlighted that after a period of downturn, tourism to Antarctica is recovering and diversifying

Field staff from the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operations (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) got together in Toronto last month in the first Polar field staff conference ever held. Seventy-five people attended over the three days representing 24 IAATO/AECO members, three governments, three universities and the World Wildlife Fund.

Thursday, October 15th 2015 - 06:52 UTC

HMS Protector to assess fish stocks and update Ross Sea charts

Ross Sea contains valuable fish stocks and Protector will help to ensure fishing vessels comply with the strict environmental rules for a sustainable resource.

Ice ship HMS Protector is heading for waters no Royal Navy vessel has visited in 80 years as she begins a marathon deployment to Antarctica. The Plymouth-based icebreaker and survey vessel will ensure the world’s fishermen are not stripping the largely-unspoiled waters of the Ross Sea of marine life.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015 - 08:20 UTC

Ushuaia expects this cruise season 336 vessel calls and over 100.000 visitors

During the 2014/15 season the number of cruise visitors in Ushuaia was actually down 9%, from 98.770 to 90.276, according to a release from Hosteltur.

Tierra del Fuego Tourism Institute (Infuetur), in extreme south Argentina, is expecting 25% more cruise visitors this 2015/16 season, most probably breaking the 100.000 milestone, with 336 calls involving 47 cruise vessels. The estimate is 112.170 passengers by April 2016, of which 79.486 non Antarctic and 36.684 Antarctic visitors.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 07:25 UTC

Blue whales reported to be back in Barents Sea after a century

Norwegian scientists say that in these waters blue whales have not seen for about 100 years.

Blue whales are returning to the Barents Sea in the area of Svalbard, according to employees of Holland's Institute of Sea Research. The 17 species spotted means the mammals are returning to the region after a century of absence.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:25 UTC

Falklands and South Georgia commemorative coins celebrating longest reigning sovereign in British history

Falkland Islands: The portrait is taken from the Queen’s Coronation on June 2, 1953. The privy mark is of Westminster Abbey, where the Coronation was held.

Four British overseas territories, including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have issues a commemorative coin celebrating the day their head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, became the longest reigning British sovereign in history.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:18 UTC

Polar Tour Operators hold first Antarctic/Arctic field guide conference

The conference, will runs from 27-29 September

The poles are combining forces in Toronto next week at a unique conference for polar field staff organized by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) in collaboration with its sister organization in the Arctic, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

Monday, September 7th 2015 - 08:52 UTC

HMS Endurance up for sale; she never recovered from the 2008 accident

 Built in Norway as MV Polar Circle, she was chartered in as HMS Polar Circle, before being purchased outright and renamed HMS Endurance in 1992.

The Royal Navy has put its Ice Patrol ship, HMS Endurance, up for sale. The icebreaker served as the Royal Navy ice patrol ship between 1991 and 2008 before an accident during routine maintenance destroyed a large part of her equipment.

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