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Icebreaker Irizar returns from its first Antarctica campaign in ten years

Thursday, April 12th 2018 - 07:57 UTC
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The refurbished Almirante Irizar docked in Buenos Aires, from where it left for Antarctica on 26 December   The refurbished Almirante Irizar docked in Buenos Aires, from where it left for Antarctica on 26 December

Argentina's icebreaker Almirante Irizar is back in Buenos Aires at the end of its first Antarctic campaign in ten years, following the fire that almost knocked the Finnish built vessel out of action. She left on 26 December and completed 107 days in the high seas and Antarctica's ice.

 The refurbished Irizar which has an average crew of 103, also transported military, civilian and scientific personnel totaling 286 people, and spent its time supplying Argentine bases and stations, doing scientific research and changing shifts. Some 700 people are estimated to have travelled in the vessel this summer season.

At the start of the campaign in early 2018 the icebreaker called in Ushuaia, then travelled to Marambio, Petrel and Camara bases in the Antarctic continent and then to Belgrano II base in the South Orkneys, which apparently hadn't been visited since 2014
Almirante Irizar sails under the command of Captain Maximiliano Mangiaterra, a veteran of twelve Antarctic campaigns, including seven with the rebuilt icebreaker in which he was sailing when it caught fire a decade ago.

Besides scientists which are involved in several research projects at the new lab facilities, passengers included a special group responsible for the Sea King helicopters, a team engaged in the unloading of provisions and equipment and collection of material from the bases, and permanent staff for the Esperanza, Petrel, Belgrano II bases and the Groussac station.

Engineers responsible for the maintenance and updating of seismographs in six of Argentina's bases, and Air Force personnel in charge of the met centers at the bases were also among those transported by the icebreaker as well as staff from Argentina's National Antarctic Directory, which travelled to Italian, Australian and Czech bases.

Finally on docking in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, Captain Mangiaterra was quoted saying, “now I can say it was a successful campaign, we completed all the objectives planned and the Irizar's response was impeccable”

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  • The Voice

    Protector probably gave it a tow..

    Apr 12th, 2018 - 01:55 pm +3
  • DemonTree

    I wonder if it will still be there when HMS Protector arrives? It would be kind of cool for the two icebreakers to both be there at once.

    Apr 12th, 2018 - 01:25 pm +1
  • Brit Bob

    The fact remains that uti possidetis juris fails to square properly with the legal establishment of non-Hispanic states in the New World, as well as with the more recently evolved principle of decolonization and self-determination. Furthermore, save for the Latin American states, succession from the original Spanish rights has neither commanded widespread respect nor attracted international acceptance, either in practice or in principle. The dearth of contemporary legal appreciation for uti possidetis juris strongly suggests that it contributes only a modicum, if any, legal support to either Argentina's or Chile's assertion to valid title over claims in the Southern Ocean or Antarctica. In short, consideration of intertemporal law and factual conditions, especially the extent to which the territorial sovereignty of Spain was actually manifest in the Antarctic casts serious doubts about the legal propriety or validity of the uti possidetis argument today. (79) ('Antarctica and the Law of The Sea,' Joyner C,* Nijhoff, M Publishers, p59-60, 1992, quoting, 'Conflict of Sovereignties in Antarctica,' Yearbook of World Affairs, Daniel J, p 262-66, 1949; 'The American Antarctic,' American Journal of International Law,' p603, Hayton R.D., 1956; and 'Antarctic Law and Politics,' Auburn, F.M. P50, pub C Hurst 1982).

    *Associate Professor of Political Science and Member of the School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington D.C.

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    Apr 12th, 2018 - 09:08 am 0
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