Antarctica Adventure - 2002

moved the ship forward and backward a bit until whatever was wrong righted itself and we sailed off into the night -heading for theFalklands.

During this interlude, we happened to meet Dave in one of the gangways and got into a conversation regarding his other current pursuits in addition to going along as history buff on Antarctic cruises. He and five other folks have a company whose mission is to help get scientists and students on the ice for their studies. He works primarily with university programs in Germany and England. His company handles all the logistics of putting the scientists into the area where they plan to perform their experiments in things such as glaciology, zoology, weather, etc. That means that this company provides all the supplies they will need, the transportation to get there, the shelter, food, protective clothing, and the like to support the studies. In performing this very necessary and helpful function, Dave is obviously drawing on his years of experience running British Antarctic Survey posts doing just exactly that type of thing in addition to running the stationsthemselves.

Here are several of his comments I found interesting:

Three people have died on the Hanseatic of natural causes within 1-2 days of arrival on the boat. Logistically speaking, it is much easier to deal with the above circumstance than with serious illness or injury, requiring evacuation. He considered the best polar research was done about 5 years ago. He thinks there is less politics involved in polar science today than in the past. The only US college involved with polar research now is the University of Minnesota. Next worrisome factor in Antarctic preservation is the coming visitation by much larger cruise ships: medical evacuation will be a problem, too many people on the small amount of ground, big ships getting into tight places and needing help, more waste disposal problems. Another growing problem is the number of private yachts visiting the Antarctic—once again, it is the rescue demand and the possible damage caused by heedless or careless visitors and the lack of policing powers in the Antarctic Treaty.


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