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Party: Poland
2015/2016 Pre-Season Information
Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: “Arctowski” Polish Antarctic Station
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: Admiralty Bay   Lat: 62º 09´ 41´´ S   Long: 58º 28´ 10´´ W  
Maximum Population: 35
Medical Facilities: Doctor, basic medical facilities usually available
Remarks / Description: “Arctowski” Station is located on a flat marine gravel terrace 6 m asl and ca 500 meters east of Point Thomas on the western shore of Admiralty Bay on King George Island. The area around the station is ice-free. The station consists of several buildings (living quarters, laboratories, warehouses, power plant, Tourist Information Centre, lighthouse). Fuel tanks (projected for 150 sqm) and the old main fuel tank (in renovation) are situated ca 700 m from the main building. The station is located within the Antarctic Specially Management Area No.1.
Name: Demay
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Paradise Cove   Lat: 62°13´S   Long: 58°26´30´´W  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: field medical kit available during summer for emergency use
Remarks / Description: The refuge (wood hut) is situated on a flat marine gravel terrace in Paradise Cove between Demay Point and Uchatka Point, ca 10 km from Arctowski Station. The refuge can be reached both by Zodiac and by foot. It is located within the Antarctic Specially Protected Area No 128.
Name: Italian Valley
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: Admiralty Bay   Lat: 62º 09´ 41´´ S   Long: 58º 28´ 10´´ W  
Accommodation Capacity: 2
Medical Facilities: field medical kit available during summer for emergency use
Remarks / Description: The refuge (an Apple type hut) is situated on a flat marine terrace 10 m asl on the southern shore of Ezcurra Inlet (ca 5 km from Arctowski Station).
Name: Lions Rump
Type: Refuge
Location:
Site Name: King George Bay   Lat: 62°06´S   Long: 58°05´W  
Accommodation Capacity: 4
Medical Facilities: field medical kit available during summer for emergency use
Remarks / Description: The refuge (wood hut) is situated on a flat marine gravel terrace on the western shore of King George Bay near Lions Rump (ca 35 km from Arctowski Station). The refuge can be reached only by Zodiac. It is located near the boundry of the Antarctic Specially Protected Area No 151.

Vessels Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Vessels
Name: Polar Pioneer
Country of Registry: Russian Federation
Number of Voyages: 2
Maximum Crew: 16
Remarks:
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Areas of Operation Purpose
23 Oct 2015 Mar del Plata, Argentine 06 Nov 2015 Stanley, Falkland Islands
30 Oct 2015 South Shetland Islands
logistic and scientific suppport
26 Mar 2016 Ushuaia, Argentine 08 Apr 2016 Mar del Plata, Argentine
29 Mar 2016 South Shetland Islands
logistic and scientific suppport

Aircrat Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Aircraft
Type: UAV
Category:
Period From: 01/11/2015
Period To: 31/12/2015
Remarks: Polish-Norwegian monitoring program using fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to collect geospatial environmental data will continue on King George Island. Period of operation: 01.11.2015 – 31.12.215 (may be shortened or extended depending on weather conditions) Area of operation: ASPA No 128 Western Shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, ASPA No 151 Lions Rump, King George Island. If time and weather permit air operations will be extended to the northern shore of King George Island (Rocky Pt., Stigant Pt., Davey Pt., Melville Pt.), as well as to Penguin Island and Turret Point (King George Bay). Flight altitude: 200 – 500 m AGL Take-offs and landings will be done at Arctowski Station.

Research Rockets Report
Military
Vessel-Based Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Vessel-Based Operations
Operator:
Name: Sebastian Sobaczyński
Contact Address: ul. Siewna 15, 94-250 Łódź, Poland
Email Address: jachtpolonus@gmail.com
Website Address:
Name of Vessel: S/Y Polonus
Country of Registry: Poland
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 8
Maximum Passengers:
Remarks: On 22nd December 2014 Polish yacht S/Y Polonus was stranded in bad weather on the northern shore of King George Bay (King George Island, South Shetland Islands). Rescue action was coordinated by Chilean Navy. Yacht’s crew and passengers were evacuated by Argentinian Navy ship A.R.A. Suboficial Castillo (Antarctic Patrol), and taken to Arctowski Station. Immediate and effective measures were taken to prevent any sort of pollution. As a result of an arrangement between yacht owner and the Captain of A.R.A. Suboficial Castillo, S/Y Polonus was rescued and taken to Arctowski Station, where it was pulled ashore. New yacht owner plans to repair and refloat the yacht, removing it from the Antarctic.
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader

Operator:
Name: Selma Expeditions Sp. z o.o.
Contact Address: ul. Włościańska 19e/3, 51-514 Wrocław, Poland
Email Address: info@selmaexpeditions.com
Website Address: www.selmaexpeditions.com
Name of Vessel: Selma Expeditions
Country of Registry: Poland
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 12
Maximum Passengers:
Remarks: 2 cruises in the Antarctic Peninsula area
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
28 Dec 2015 Ushuaia, Argentine 18 Jan 2016 Puerto Williams, Chile

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Deception Island Latitude: 62º 59´ 00´´ S Longitude: 60º 39´ 00´´ W
Visit Date03/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Arctowski Station Latitude: 62º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 58º 51´ 00´´ W
Visit Date04/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Kayak Bay Latitude: 64°18´S Longitude: 62°13´W
Visit Date05/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Liege Island Latitude: 64º 02´ 00´´ S Longitude: 61º 55´ 00´´ W
Visit Date05/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64º 32´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 00´ 00´´ W
Visit Date06/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Larvik Harbor Latitude: 64°29´S Longitude: 62°27´W
Visit Date06/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Cavelier de Cuverville, Ile Latitude: 64º 41´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 38´ 00´´ W
Visit Date07/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Portal Point Latitude: 64º 30´ 00´´ S Longitude: 61º 46´ 00´´ W
Visit Date07/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesCamping, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ronge Island Latitude: 64º 34´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 41´ 00´´ W
Visit Date08/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesCamping, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Lockroy Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date09/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Lemaire Channel Latitude: 65°04´S Longitude: 63°57´W
Visit Date10/01/2016
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Charcot Latitude: 65º 04´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 00´ 00´´ W
Visit Date11/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pleneau Island Latitude: 65º 06´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 04´ 00´´ W
Visit Date12/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Petermann Island Latitude: 65º 10´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 10´ 00´´ W
Visit Date13/01/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date14/01/2016
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
27 Jan 2016 Ushuaia, Argentine 16 Feb 2016 Puerto Williams, Chile

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Deception Island Latitude: 62º 59´ 00´´ S Longitude: 60º 39´ 00´´ W
Visit Date01/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Liege Island Latitude: 64º 02´ 00´´ S Longitude: 61º 55´ 00´´ W
Visit Date02/02/2016
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date03/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Cavelier de Cuverville, Ile Latitude: 64º 41´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 38´ 00´´ W
Visit Date04/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Portal Point Latitude: 64º 30´ 00´´ S Longitude: 61º 46´ 00´´ W
Visit Date04/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Lockroy Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date05/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Extended Walk, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Lemaire Channel Latitude: 65°04´S Longitude: 63°57´W
Visit Date06/02/2016
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Port Charcot Latitude: 65º 04´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 00´ 00´´ W
Visit Date06/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pleneau Island Latitude: 65º 06´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 04´ 00´´ W
Visit Date07/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Petermann Island Latitude: 65º 10´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 10´ 00´´ W
Visit Date08/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date09/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pitt Island Latitude: 65º 27´ 00´´ S Longitude: 65º 24´ 00´´ W
Visit Date10/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date11/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing

Operator:
Name: Stowarzyszenie „Szczecińska Szkoła pod Żaglami”
Contact Address: 70-390 Szczecin, ul. Gorkiego 20/4
Email Address: magdalena.wyszkowska.sspz@gmail.com
Website Address:
Name of Vessel: S/Y WASSYL
Country of Registry: Poland
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 8
Maximum Passengers: 0
Remarks:
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
12 Feb 2016 Ushuaia, Argentine 15 Feb 2016 Puerto Montt, Chile

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Arctowski Station Latitude: 62°09´45´´S Longitude: 58°28´W
Visit Date18/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors8
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Pendulum Cove Latitude: 62º 56´ 00´´ S Longitude: 60º 36´ 00´´ W
Visit Date24/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors8
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Whalers Bay/Deception Island Latitude: 62º 59´ 00´´ S Longitude: 60º 34´ 00´´ W
Visit Date26/02/2016
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors8
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing

Land-Based Operations
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Land-Based Operations
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Denial of Authorizations
Area Protection and Management Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 10/2015
Number of people permitted: 1
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2015   To:  15 Jan 2016
Purpose: birds & pinnipeds census and observations, monitoring the potential impact of UAVs on wildlife
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Ecological monitoring – long-term bird and pinniped observations programme on King George Island
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 11/2015
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2015   To:  30 Oct 2016
Purpose: chemical, hydrological and geological studies on the forefront of Ecology Glacier
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Multidisciplinary monitoring program in Admiralty Bay (Subarea 48.1), King George Island, South Shet
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 12/2015
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2015   To:  30 Oct 2016
Purpose: “Demay” refuge maintenance and resupply
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number:
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 16/2015
Number of people permitted: 1
Permit Period: From:  01 Jan 2016   To:  31 Mar 2016
Purpose: Conducting series of terrestrial laser scanning surveys on several glaciers in Admiralty Bay area
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Calving as the main component of the mass balance of King George Island ice cap

ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 2/2015
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  15 Jan 2016   To:  15 Feb 2016
Purpose: Vegetation mapping
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: MONICA – A novel approach to monitoring the impact of climate change on Antarctic ecosystems
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 3/2015
Number of people permitted: 6
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2015   To:  31 Dec 2015
Purpose: technical support for flights by UAVs
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: MONICA – A novel approach to monitoring the impact of climate change on Antarctic ecosystems
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 4/2015
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  15 Jan 2016   To:  31 Mar 2016
Purpose: vegetation mapping, non-native species survey, rizosphere sampling, Poa annua eradication
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: The causes, course and consequences of the expansion of Poa annua L. in Western Antarctica, a multi-
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 5/2015
Number of people permitted: 1
Permit Period: From:  15 Jan 2016   To:  29 Feb 2016
Purpose: collecting soil invertebrates
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Communities of invertebrates in soil habitat on King George Island, Antarctica

ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 6/2015
Number of people permitted: 3
Permit Period: From:  01 Jan 2016   To:  15 Feb 2016
Purpose: geomorphological mapping of rocky shores
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: POROCO – Mechanisms controlling the evolutions and geomorphology of rocky coasts in polar climates
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 7/2015
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  05 Jan 2016   To:  31 Mar 2016
Purpose: hydrological monitoring on the selected glaciers located at the western shore of the Admiralty Bay
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Hydrology of glaciers of the western shore of the Admiralty Bay
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 8/2015
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2015   To:  30 Nov 2016
Purpose: collecting water samples from glaciers
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Glacier ecosystem microbiome
ASPA: Number:  128    Name:  Western shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 9/2015
Number of people permitted: 3
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2015   To:  31 Oct 2016
Purpose: birds & pinnipeds census and observations, monitoring the potential impact of UAVs on wildlife
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Ecological monitoring – long-term bird and pinniped observations programme on King George Island

ASPA: Number:  148    Name:  Mount Flora, Hope Bay, Antarctic Peninsula (More Details)
Permit Number: 18/2015
Number of people permitted: 3
Permit Period: From:  10 Mar 2016   To:  31 Mar 2016
Purpose: Collecting soil and vegetation samples
Summary of activities: Genetic and epigenetic diversity in Colobanthus quitensis from contrasting environments
Event or project name/number:
ASPA: Number:  151    Name:  Lions Rump, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 1/2015
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2015   To:  31 Mar 2016
Purpose: environmental monitoring, birds & pinnipeds census and observations, weighting of eggs and fledglings of Pygoscelis adeliae and P. papua, monitoring the potential impact of UAVs on wildlife
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Ecological monitoring – long-term bird and pinniped observations programme on King-George Island
ASPA: Number:  151    Name:  Lions Rump, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 13/2015
Number of people permitted: 1
Permit Period: From:  15 Jan 2016   To:  29 Feb 2016
Purpose: collecting soil invertebrates
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Communities of invertebrates in soil habitat on King George Island, Antarctica
ASPA: Number:  151    Name:  Lions Rump, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 14/2015
Number of people permitted: 1
Permit Period: From:  01 Nov 2015   To:  15 Jan 2016
Purpose: birds & pinnipeds census and observations, monitoring the potential impact of UAVs on wildlife
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Ecological monitoring – long-term bird and pinniped observations programme on King George Island

ASPA: Number:  151    Name:  Lions Rump, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 15/2015
Number of people permitted: 2
Permit Period: From:  15 Jan 2016   To:  31 Mar 2016
Purpose: vegetation mapping, non-native species survey, rizosphere sampling
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: The causes, course and consequences of the expansion of Poa annua L. in Western Antarctica, a multi-
ASPA: Number:  151    Name:  Lions Rump, King George Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 17/2015
Number of people permitted: 3
Permit Period: From:  05 Jan 2016   To:  31 Mar 2016
Purpose: Conducting series of terrestrial laser scanning surveys on several glaciers in King George Bay area
Summary of activities:
Event or project name/number: Calving as the main component of the mass balance of King George Island ice cap
Aircrat Report
General Report