Antarctica

Antarctica
Friday, May 17th 2013 - 00:19 UTC

IAATO Search and Rescue workshop in Punta Arenas underlines importance of good communications

Simulation included a replay of a response exercise conducted during the recent Antarctic season with the 1,500-passenger Veendam

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and the Chilean Marine Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) provided on Thursday details on a joint Search and Rescue Workshop conducted last month in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Saturday, May 11th 2013 - 10:26 UTC

HMS Protector back in Portsmouth after a successful nine-month Antarctica deployment

HMS Protector, the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship

HMS Protector, the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, has returned to Portsmouth at the end of a nine-month deployment to the ‘Frozen Continent’. Operating in the British Antarctic Territory, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands throughout the Austral Summer, the ship conducted three intensive work periods in the ice, and a fourth work period in the waters surrounding South Georgia.

Thursday, May 9th 2013 - 05:19 UTC

Timerman corrects Astori: relations with Uruguay are going through ‘a good moment’

The Argentine minister also denied Falklands’ flagged vessels called in Uruguay

Argentine Foreign minister Hector Timerman said that relations with Uruguay are going through “a good moment”, contrary to recent statements from Uruguayan Vice-president Danilo Astori, and described as ‘false’ the information that two Falklands’ flagged fishing vessels had called into Uruguayan ports.

Wednesday, May 8th 2013 - 21:52 UTC

IATTO expects Antarctic tourism to grow 3% next 2013/14 season

A new five-year Strategic Plan, an expanded Membership and committee structure, and a new yacht dockside observer program were among the items adopted at the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), held April 22-24 in Punta Arenas, Chile.

Tuesday, May 7th 2013 - 09:11 UTC

Winning design to replace Brazil’s destroyed Antarctic base was presented in Rio

The horizontal buildings will be built on adjustable pillars

The Brazilian Navy announced in Rio the winning proposal for the new Antarctic research base Comandante Ferraz which in February last year was destroyed by fire with the loss of two lives and damages in excess of 12 million dollars.

Tuesday, May 7th 2013 - 08:42 UTC

Falklands/South Georgia dispute placed by Argentina under the CCALMR umbrella

The spotlight of the dispute has now moved to Grytviken

The Buenos Aires media is reporting a potential incident situation in South Georgia waters which could erupt into something more complicated from the moment the Argentine research vessel ‘Eduardo Holmberg’ has been involved in scientific activities in a zone which last year was declared by the UK as a Maritime Protected Area, MPA, and which Argentina does not recognize since it considers it ‘an area in dispute’.

Friday, May 3rd 2013 - 03:16 UTC

Falklands’ delegation to IAATO round in Chile satisfied with contacts and praise for organizers

Samantha Marsh, Tourism Coordinator, Sulivan Shipping

The International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, IAATO, with over a hundred member organizations held in April its latest annual meeting in Punta Arenas, Chile with a numerous delegation from the Falkland Islands attending given the growing economic significance of the cruise industry and Antarctica tours.

Tuesday, April 30th 2013 - 22:59 UTC

Chilean navy tugboat checking Antarctica area where Chinese factory ship went down

Pictures from the Chilean Air Force of the Kai Xin on fire and adrift

A tugboat from the Chilean Navy equipped for environmental emergencies is trying to determine the position where the remains of the Chinese factory ship Kai Xin went down in Antarctica last week after catching fire and left adrift by the 97 member crew rescued by a Norwegian vessel and a reefer.

Tuesday, April 30th 2013 - 09:09 UTC

Chile considers IAATO meeting a great success; many operators looking to work from Magallanes

The IAATO delegates arrive in Puerto Williams (Photo: DAP Group)

The Chilean government efforts to develop Puerto Williams in the extreme south of the country as an austral tourism centre and gateway to Antarctica received an ‘excellent’ feedback from the recent IAATO annual meeting held in Punta Arenas.

Tuesday, April 30th 2013 - 07:18 UTC

Antarctica received an estimated 35.000 visitors this 2012/13 season, says IAATO

Punta Arenas since its foundation has been closely linked to Antarctica

An estimated 35.000 visitors enjoyed the pristine landscape of Antarctica during this last 2012/13 season, which represents a 32% increase over the previous period, according to IAATO, (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) and is responsible for 90% or these tours.

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