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Chile plans to build a new icebreaker and has earmarked an initial 150 million

Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 07:18 UTC
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Chile is planning a strong expansion of its Antarctic and maritime support vessels as well as a major repair yard, according to a recent pledge by President Michelle Bachelet during the opening of the Exponaval and Trans-Port exhibitions in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Read full article

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  • golfcronie

    Argentina has 6 bases in Antartica with 259 military personnel, if that is not militarising the South Atlantic I don't know what is. In fact all the southern cone countries have a presence there. Shame on you lot, hypocrites.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 09:32 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    The RGs are the only ones who are totally incapable of servicing their own bases.

    'Argentina is also the only country in South America that owns a real icebreaker, the 11,000-ton Irizar completed in 1978 by Finland’s Wärtsillä. ' I wonder where the millions spent fixing her have gone.......

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 10:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    This article seems to have come out of the pages of the Encyclopedia Britanica... Lots of information, but not a reflection of the actual situation.

    If you needed one name to easily summarize the corrupt government that runs Argentina, it would be the Irizar. Perhaps the most expensive dry docked icebreaker in the This article seems to have come out of the pages of the Encyclopedia Britanica... Lots of information, but not a reflection of the actual situation. The Irizar will probably be scrapped.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 11:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    “Built in 1969 at Vickers Armstrong yards in Montreal, for the Canadian Navy it operated under the name of “Norman McLeod Rogers”, and was purchased by Chile in 1994. A year later she made her first Antarctica season, and has never missed one since.”

    Meanwhile has TDC EVER managed to feed and supply its own people for ONE season, just one?

    TMBOA must be so proud of the “Won Decade” in her own head that is, but not in anybody else’s.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 06:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Ha ha, jealous Argentinian government... “...should be completed by... ”... “ funding has been offered... ” ... “might buy a Russian ship”... “.... ongoing repairs... ”

    Argentina will say anything, not to be left out.

    All the other countries have ships and support their bases.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 08:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    Consider Chile:-

    Chile's current icebreaker “Almirante Oscar Viel” built in 1969 at Vickers Armstrong yards in Montreal, purchased by Chile from the Canadian Navy in 1994. A year later she made her first Antarctica season, and has never missed one since.

    And now TDC:-

    Argentina's 11.000-ton Irizar was extensively damaged by on board fire in 2007 and is STILL in dry dock.

    How many millions has it taken to fix, so far?

    For the 150 million dollars, I'll bet that Chile gets a better and a more up to date Ice breaker than TDC's bucket full of fail.

    Dec 09th, 2014 - 08:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Yes, but the Argentine officer's mess is far better.
    We stupid third world Chileans waste our Pesos upon keeping our equipment at the highest levels of operation.

    Do you know what the Brazilian scientists call taking a ride in an Argentne helocopter? ...ARGENTINE ROULETTE...
    Do you know how the Americans and British describe the Chilean Air Force C-130 service to Punta Arenas? “Our escape to civilization”
    Ask ANYONE in the scientific community...

    Dec 10th, 2014 - 01:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    boludos
    how dare you compare that joke of 6000 ton chilean “icebreakers” with a real 15000 ton icebreaker like the almirante irizar?
    no way.
    and the irizar is being completely restored at tandanor
    http://www.tandanor.com.ar/rompehielos.php

    the fact is the chileans cannot even build 1 (one) car.
    the most sophisticated thing (LOL) they have ever built was that “capsule” to rescue the miners.
    http://www.tandanor.com.ar/rompehielos.php

    guess they have stolen it from a carousel.

    Dec 12th, 2014 - 07:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @8...thanks for the link to tandanor.... best laugh in days.... is that the nuclear sub behind the 80yo prefectura boat??

    Dec 12th, 2014 - 09:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    @8 Delusionsl CabanaBoy !!

    Are you for real ? ? ? !!!

    Ha ha ha ha ...

    Pablo InCompetent is bragging about beached vessels that no longer float - one a decrepit rusty old sub that's been waiting for a nuclear propulsion system for years and years, another, an 80 yo sailboat... and an old fire-damaged ice-breaker that has been nothing but a financial 'black hole' to funnel funds to LA Campora.

    7 years, and still a useless hulk !!

    Sorry, lying Pablo CabanaBoy, ARGENTINA HAS NO ICEBREAKER !!

    Ha ha... Why do you defend that government !??

    ARGENTINA PAY YOUR DEBTS !!

    Dec 13th, 2014 - 02:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    Its actually quite a good icebreaker... especially at cocktail parties
    ' I say , RG naval chappee, hows that Irizar hulk of yours coming along? Still fucked is it?? '
    Everbody has a good larf at the expense of the RG navel attache, the ice is broken, and every one sucks down a bit more of the nice free RG booze.....

    Dec 13th, 2014 - 03:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Philippe

    Chile's project to build an icebreaker is an interesting and exciting project.
    But, it has nothing to do with the protection and defence of Chile's internationally recognised frontiers. Therefore, it would be a huge mistake to spend urgently needed funds for the modernisation of Chile's fighting navy.

    Philippe

    Dec 16th, 2014 - 08:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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