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.
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.
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.
Anti-whaling activists have described how Japanese whaling ships circled their protest vessel like sharks before ramming it off Antarctica.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The biggest wind farm in ice covered Antarctica and which can generate enough electricity to power 500 homes, was formally switched on this weekend.
One of the most elegant expedition vessels operating in Antarctica, the Clelia II, has been withdrawn from service during January for repairs following an accident that occurred over Christmas week but is only now coming to light.