Wednesday, July 17th 2013 - 19:35 UTC

Russia blocks creation of two huge Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica

The MPAs initiative will be again discussed at the CCAMLR regular meeting in Hobart, Australia

An extraordinary meeting of the Commission of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the Ross Sea region and in East Antarctica wrapped up on Tuesday without an agreement after Russia with support from Ukraine blocked the initiative.

Wednesday, July 17th 2013 - 07:07 UTC

Argentine Orcadas base reports 7.3 magnitude earthquake close to Antarctica Peninsula

The earth quake caused large waves but the Orcadas base did not suffer

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Antarctica, generating large waves but causing no injuries, seismic experts at Argentina's Orcadas base in Antarctica reported on Monday.

Thursday, July 11th 2013 - 07:08 UTC

Eight times Manhattan island iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier

“We were very keen to see how the crack propagated,” said Prof Angelika Humbert

Pine Island Glacier (PIG), the longest and fastest flowing glacier in the Antarctic, has spawned a huge iceberg. The block measures about 720 sq km in area - roughly eight times the size of Manhattan Island in New York.

Monday, July 8th 2013 - 04:10 UTC

South Georgia government issues coin depicting a Weddell Seal pup

The coin is available in cupronickel and proof sterling silver version

The South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands Government has released a Pobjoy Mint new coin that depicts a Weddell Seal pup. The species is native to Antarctica and lives further south than any other mammal.

Friday, June 28th 2013 - 07:23 UTC

Falklands Referendum: Voters from many countries around the world voted Yes

By Professor Peter Willetts - In March, 1,513 people in the Falklands voted Yes to remaining a British Overseas Territory and only three people voted No. The Yes vote was a remarkable 99.8% of the voters on an exceptionally high turnout of 92.0%. The orthodox view that British voters chose to remain British is not enough to explain the result.

Thursday, June 6th 2013 - 06:54 UTC

IAATO focus on collaborative work at the 36th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting

IAATO reported on the live SAR exercise with Holland America Line NV undertaken with Chile in February

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) reported to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM XXXVI) last week and as in previous years, in addition to presenting statistics and estimates of numbers for next season, IAATO reported on the Association’s recent work and activities. This year, there was a heavy focus on the collaborative work that IAATO has undertaken with Treaty Parties and other Observers and Experts in a variety of fields.

Tuesday, June 4th 2013 - 07:49 UTC

Aurora Expeditions Wins ‘Best Overall Use of Social Media’ at 2013 SMITTY Awards

The expedition ship Polar Pioneer is an ice-strengthened vessel that provides simple and comfortable polar cruises to Antarctica.

After becoming the first cruise operator to implement a brand new social media tracking service on their remote voyages to Antarctica and the Arctic earlier this year, Aurora Expeditions has now taken home an award at the 2013 TRAVEL + LEISURE SMITTY (Social Media in Travel and Tourism) Awards.

Monday, June 3rd 2013 - 05:02 UTC

Falklands’ ex-governor Lamont chairman of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

New UKAHT Chairman Donald Lamont

Donald Lamont, a former British ambassador and former governor of the Falkland Islands took over as chairman of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust. He replaces Philippa Foster Back, who retires from the position having served as trustee since 2000 and chair for the past seven years.

Monday, May 20th 2013 - 19:56 UTC

Almirante Irizar en route to becoming another major scandal for Argentina’s navy

The 15.000-ton icebreaker has been sitting in the Tandanor dry dock for six years

Argentina’ icebreaker Almirante Irizar, docked for repairs since 2007 is en route to becoming another major scandal involving the Ministry of Defence and the Argentine Navy’s fleet. In the last six years Argentina has invested the equivalent of 200 million dollars in the recovery of the vessel that caught fire in 2007 and another 75 million dollars in contracting vessels to supply the Antarctic bases and stations.

Saturday, May 18th 2013 - 06:21 UTC

Argentine Antarctic campaigns disarray and corruption claims turn off recruiting

Allegedly at one base staff had to beg for food from the ‘Polar Pioneer’

Argentina’s Antarctica campaigns are losing their flair and the country is having difficulties to fill vacancies for the 2013/14 season. This follows repeated claims of alleged corruption and delays in supplying the bases and stations plus an overall lack of support from the Defence ministry.


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