Work to fully reopen Argentina’s Antarctic petrel base continues — MercoPress
Work to fully reopen the Argentine petrel base in Antarctica continues
The Argentine Navy’s sloop ARA Puerto Argentino successfully unloaded supplies and machinery this week at the Petrel base in Antarctica, we learned. A self-propelled pontoon entirely built at the Tandanor-CINAR shipyard was used for the reconstruction of this base, which returns to permanent service after nearly 50 years.
The pontoon was transported to Antarctica aboard the Argentine-built ARA Beagle Channel (B-3) transport unit and then transferred to the sloop.
This self-propelled boat was made with the contribution of the National Defense Fund (FONDEF). It will allow the transport of loads up to 20 tons from ships anchored in areas close to the coast to the landing beach.
The Navy ships and pontoon are participating in the 118th Antarctic Summer Campaign, under the Joint Antarctic Command (Cocoantar) to support scientific research being conducted at each base.
The reopening of the Petrel base was decided last year. It “will no longer be a temporary base,” Defense Minister Jorge Taiana said during the announcement. “Petrel presents very favorable conditions due to its location … of strategic importance”
The 118th Antarctic Summer Campaign (CAV, for its acronym in Spanish) consists of delivering supplies to the 13 Argentine bases, some permanent, others temporary, in addition to logistical support for scientific activities carried out there.
Petrel is the first joint base where the three armies coexist. It is located on the island of Dundee and should be used as part of an Antarctic logistics bridge, the Ministry of Defense explained in a press release.
The location of this base is optimal because it has a plain at sea level that is very rare in Antarctica, which gives it a microclimate in summer. It also has a weather station.
Tandanor is also recovering from its critical years, during which “more than 35 engineers [were] fired,” according to CEO Miguel Tundino’s statements last year.
“A ship is like a floating city and it needs all that architecture and engineering to function,” and the company’s current goal is to gradually recover Argentina’s shipbuilding industry that was dismantled in the 1990s. “, had declared Tundino.
“Argentina needs a modern naval infrastructure to be more efficient and generate synergies to develop suppliers and work,” he continued.
The Puerto Argentino was named after Argentina’s version of Port Stanley, capital of the British Overseas Territories of the Falkland Islands.