Antarctica

Antarctica
Saturday, February 13th 2010 - 07:37 UTC

Thirteen cruise vessels visit South Georgia during January

“Plancius” made her first ever visit to South Georgia

Thirteen cruise ships visited this month South Georgia, according to the SG Newsletter. This included a vessel new to SG, the 112 passenger “Plancius”. However one vessel, l “Clelia II” had to cancel her visit after striking rocks with her propeller at Petermann Island in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Thursday, February 11th 2010 - 03:00 UTC

The Commissioner and Foreign Office official tour South Georgia

Commissioner Huckle opens the new exhibition in the SG museum (Picture http://www.sgisland.gs)

Commissioner Alan Huckle and his wife Helen visited South Georgia in January. Travelling with them was Jane Rumble, Head of the Polar Regions Unit at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and GSGSSI Senior Executive Officer Martin Collins, reports the January edition of the S.G. Newsletter.

Monday, February 8th 2010 - 20:29 UTC

Bid to sell the Falkland Islands as gateway to Antarctica

British Antarctic research has a decades-long established link with the Falklands

Informal talks began this week on a proposal to market the Falkland Islands to tourists as the “Gateway to Antarctica”, according to a report from the Penguin News latest edition.

Saturday, February 6th 2010 - 11:49 UTC

Whaler, activist ship collide again off Antarctica

Anti-whaling activists have described how Japanese whaling ships circled their protest vessel “like sharks” before ramming it off Antarctica.

Saturday, February 6th 2010 - 08:53 UTC

Shackleton Antarctic gift for whisky lovers': century old recipe

Five crates of whisky and brandy were found by the team underneath the floorboards of the explorer's hut

Five crates of a century-old lost whisky belonging to Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton have been recovered by conservators. Three crates of the Mackinlay whisky, and a further two crates of brandy, were discovered beneath the hut, and used by Shackleton to launch his journey to the South Pole.

Saturday, January 30th 2010 - 14:31 UTC

Russia and Antarctica

A historic discovery was made on January 28, 1820. A Russian navy expedition under the command of Faddei Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev sighted the last of the remaining unexplored continents - Antarctica.

Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 10:47 UTC

Fourteen cruise vessels call in South Georgia during December

“Hanseatic” managed a landing on December 24th for a Christmas service

Fourteen cruise ships visited South Georgia Island during December, eight of which visited during the Christmas week from the 23rd to the 29th December, according to the latest release from South Georgia’s News and Events.

Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 10:15 UTC

Icebreaker Almirante Irizar expected to be operation for 2011/2012 season

The pride of the Argentine Navy

Argentina expects to have its main icebreaker Almirante Irizar back in sailing conditions by October 2011 and fully operational for the 2011/2012 Antarctic season, according to reports in the Buenos Aires press.

Monday, January 18th 2010 - 13:31 UTC

US and NZ share the biggest wind farm in Antarctica

The plant can provide enough energy to light 500 homes

The biggest wind farm in ice covered Antarctica and which can generate enough electricity to power 500 homes, was formally switched on this weekend.

Thursday, January 7th 2010 - 16:38 UTC

All luxury cruise ship suffers accident in Antarctic Peninsula

Clelia II has been withdrawn from service during January for repairs

One of the most elegant expedition vessels operating in Antarctica, the Clelia II, has been withdrawn from service during January for repairs following an accident that occurred over Christmas week but is only now coming to light.

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