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Montevideo, June 25th 2017 - 07:01 UTC

Tag: Antartica

  • Friday, May 12th 2017 - 06:59 UTC

    IAATO members vote to develop an Antarctic conservation plan

    “This was an important decision that reflects our members’ ongoing commitment to sustainable Antarctic tourism.” said Terry Shaller Chair of IAATO’s ExCo

    Members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) have agreed to develop a science based conservation plan for the Antarctic Peninsula in collaboration with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) to support decision making for tourism management.

  • Tuesday, May 2nd 2017 - 11:46 UTC

    IAATO estimates 46.385 visitors to Antarctica during the 2017/18 season

    Overall, levels of visitation, particularly in the cruise sector of the industry, has been increasing steadily since 2011-2012.

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced its tourism figures for the 2016-2017 Antarctic season at the start of its annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 2/7. Members are gathered to discuss safe, environmentally responsible Antarctic tourism, including a multi-dimensional approach to managing for growth that will keep activities both safe and sustainable.

  • Monday, February 20th 2017 - 20:00 UTC

    Summer sea ice in Antarctica is the lowest on record

    This year, sea ice extent contracted to 2.28m sq km on 13 February, according to data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC).

    This year the extent of summer sea ice in the Antarctic is the lowest on record. The Antarctic sea ice minimum marks the day – typically towards end of February – when sea ice reaches its smallest extent at the end of the summer melt season, before expanding again as the winter sets in. This year, sea ice extent contracted to 2.28m sq km on 13 February, according to data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

  • Monday, January 30th 2017 - 09:55 UTC

    New Antarctica record for a cruise vessel

    The World is currently undertaking a 22-day expedition of the Ross Sea, including 12 days in Antarctica assisted by EYOS Expeditions led by Rob McCallum.

    The residential ship, The World, has broken the record for the most southerly navigation reaching 78°43•997´S and 163°41•421´W at the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The World recorded this polar record at 10:41hrs ship’s time on Saturday. Commanded by Captain Dag H. Saevik this is the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed.

  • Sunday, January 29th 2017 - 09:57 UTC

    Damaged cruise vessel ready to leave Ushuaia on a piggy-back trip to Europe

    National Geographic Orion loaded on to the Rolldock Storm in Ushuaia after a seven hour operation

    A major rescue operation took place in Ushuaia, Argentine Tierra del Fuego when a cruise vessel from National Geographic, which was non operational since limping back from Antarctica a month ago was hauled on to a special tug-carrier and is now preparing for its piggy-back trip to a Dutch ship yard for repairs.

  • Wednesday, January 18th 2017 - 12:05 UTC

    HMS Protector recovers equipment abandoned in remote Antarctic island

    A flurry of activity saw sailors and marines attack the site with spades, saws and ice picks, freeing numerous items, including rope, skis, scaffolding and barrels

    Personnel from HMS Protector have removed equipment abandoned more than 30 years ago on a remote island in Antarctica. The ice patrol ship attempted to remove equipment three years ago from Brabant Island – the second largest island of the Palmer Archipelago within the British Antarctic Territory – but were thwarted by bad weather.

  • Sunday, December 18th 2016 - 23:57 UTC

    Argentine Navy ship sets sail on Antarctica PANC mission to relieve Chile's Lautaro

    ARA Islas Malvinas is on its way to Antarctica on a PANC mission

    The Argentine Navy's ARA Islas Malvinas set sail Friday enroute to Antarctica to take part in the joint operation with the Chilean Navy in the “Combined Naval Antarctic Patrol” -- better known for its Spanish acronym PANC (Patrulla Antártica Naval Combinada) -- to control maritime traffic and address environmental issues in the area.

  • Friday, December 9th 2016 - 10:53 UTC

    Argentina and Chile alternate in Antarctic Combined Naval Patrolling

    ARA Islas Malvinas is one of four Russian built polar multipurpose class tug, purchased at the end of ex president Cristina Fernandez mandate

    Argentina and Chile are already alternatively operating the Antarctica Combined Naval Patrolling, (PANC), which is responsible for maritime control and safety, including search and rescue missions, in the Southern Ocean particularly significant in summer months because of the increase in tourism traffic.

  • Friday, December 9th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

    UK celebrates 25th anniversary of Antarctic Environmental protection treaty

    “The Environmental Protocol is the only international agreement designed to protect an entire continent” pointed out Sir Alan

    On the twenty fifth anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty Protocol on Environmental Protection, British Minister for Polar Regions, Sir Alan Duncan underlined the hsitoric contribution and role played by the UK in Antarctica and in elaborating the protocol. Sir Duncan also pointed out that Antarctica has been the scene of considerable cooperation between the UK and Argentina, both within the Treaty system and in the field of science, “an area where I hope we may be able to do even more in the coming years”.

  • Saturday, December 3rd 2016 - 08:20 UTC

    Seventy female scientists to Antarctica to battle climate change and make a name for women in science

    The women departed from Ushuaia to spend 20 days at sea. The 76 women were hand chosen from more than 1000 applicants and trained for the perilous journey

    More than 70 female scientists from all around the world have embarked upon a voyage to the South Pole with the common objectives of battling climate change and making a name for women in science. As part of the Homeward Bound initiative, an Australian program aimed at increasing the female representation in science, the group set upon what will be the largest ever all-women expedition to Antarctica.

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