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Party: South Africa
2016/2017 Pre-Season Information
Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: SANAE IV
Type: Wintering
Location:
Site Name: SANAE IV   Lat: 71°40´25´´S   Long: 2°49´43´´W  
Maximum Population: 80
Medical Facilities: Medical facilities include a Docter, Surgery, 3 bed hospital and dental facilities.
Remarks / Description: South-African research station opened 1997. Original SANAE Station opened 1962. SANAE IV opened 1997 at a new location, 200km South of SANAE I to III.

Vessels Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Vessels
Name: mv SA Agulhas II
Country of Registry: South Africa
Number of Voyages: 1
Maximum Crew: 45
Maximum Passengers: 100
Remarks: Undertakes one voyage per annum to Antarctica, departing early December and returns mid February. Also does annual relief voyages to the Sub-Antarctic Island of Marion Island as well as to Gough Island.
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Areas of Operation Purpose
30 Nov 2016 Cape Town, South Africa 07 Feb 2017 Cape Town, South Africa Annual South African Antarctic Relief voyage includes ofloading at Atka Bukta and servicing of AWS on Southern Thule Island

Aircrat Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Aircraft
Type: Helicopters x 2 Bell 212's
Category: Local helicopter flights
Period From: 15/12/2016
Period To: 27/01/2017
Remarks: Logistic and science support flights from ice shelf to SANAE IV and surrounding area.

Research Rockets Report
Military
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Military
Military personnel in expeditions: 7 x Diesel Mechanics / Drivers and 1 Chef
Number and Type of Armaments possessed by personnel: None
Number and Type of Armaments of ships and aircraft: None
Information and Location of Military Equipment in the AT Area: None

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

Land-Based Operations
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Land-Based Operations
Expedition Name: Icetrek Expeditions 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Air/Vehicle/Air
Activities:
Number of Participants: 8
Date begin: 18 Nov 2016
Date end: 18 Nov 2016
Number of personnel: 1
Operator:
Name: The Antarctic Company (TAC)
Contact Address: P.O. Box 16213, Vlaeberg, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Email Address: info@antarctic-company.com
Website Address: www.antarctic-company.com
Remarks: South African Competent Authority happy all conditions have been met by TAC.
Location of Activities
Atka Bay
Novo runway
South Pole
Routes: Flight into Novo Runway from Cape Town, Atka Bay, South Pole and back to Cape Town
Expedition Name: Michele Pontrandolfo Antarctic Crossing 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Air/Skiing/Air
Activities:
Number of Participants: 1
Date begin: 01 Nov 2016
Date end: 31 Jan 2017
Number of personnel:
Operator:
Name: Michele Pondrondolfo
Contact Address: Vicolo Sant´Antonio No. 9, 33170 - Pordenone, Italy, Pi-CF: 01776370932
Email Address: michelp1971@hotmail.it
Website Address: www.michelepontrandolfo.com
Remarks: Permit issued by USA Competent Authority
Location of Activities
Novo runway
South Pole
Union Glacier
Routes: Flying into Novo from Cape Town. Skiing from Novo to South Pole. Flying out via Union Glacier to Punta Arenas

Expedition Name: NHK 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Air/Vehicle/Air
Activities: Aircraft Flight, Aircraft Landing
Number of Participants: 4
Date begin: 28 Oct 2016
Date end: 06 Dec 2016
Number of personnel:
Operator:
Name: The Antarctic Company (TAC)
Contact Address: P.O. Box 16213, Vlaeberg, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Email Address: info@antarctic-company.com
Website Address: www.antarctic-company.com
Remarks: Permit issued by Japanese Competent Authority
Location of Activities
Atka Bay
Novo runway
Routes: Fly in to Novo Runway from Cape Town to Atka Bay and back to Cape Town
Expedition Name: Polar Explorers 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Air/Vehicle/Air
Activities: Aircraft Flight, Aircraft Landing
Number of Participants: 6
Date begin: 06 Dec 2016
Date end: 06 Dec 2016
Number of personnel: 1
Operator:
Name: The Antarctic Company (TAC)
Contact Address: P.O. Box 16213, Vlaeberg, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Email Address: info@antarctic-company.com
Website Address: www.antarctic-company.com
Remarks: South African Competent Authority happy all conditions have been met by TAC.
Location of Activities
Atka Bay
Novo runway
South Pole
Routes: Fly into Novo Runway from Cape Town, Atka Bay and South Pole and return to Cape Town

Expedition Name: Unexplored Antarctica - Patrick Degerman 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Air/Vehicle/Air
Activities: Aircraft Flight, Aircraft Landing, Camping, Skidoo travel from Novo Runway to South Pole and back.
Number of Participants: 4
Date begin: 20 Dec 2016
Date end: 14 Jan 2017
Number of personnel:
Operator:
Name: Patrick Degerman
Contact Address: Tiilimaki 8 A, 02760 Espoo, Finland
Email Address: pata@pata.fi
Website Address:
Remarks: Permit issued by Finnish Competent Authority.
Location of Activities
Novo runway
South Pole
Routes: Skidoo travel from Novo Runway to South Pole and back.
Expedition Name: White Desert Ltd 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Air/Vehicle/Air
Activities:
Number of Participants: 152
Date begin: 21 Nov 2016
Date end: 04 Jan 2017
Number of personnel:
Operator:
Name: White Desert Ltd
Contact Address: 45 Campden Hill Gate, Duchess of Bedford Walk, London W87QJ
Email Address: patrick@white-desert.com
Website Address: www.white-desert.com
Remarks: 152 persons includes guides and support staff. Permit issued by United Kingdom Competent Authority
Location of Activities
Atka Bay
Novo runway
South Pole
Routes: 11 expeditions of 14 persons each arriving and departing at different times from and to Cape Town.

Denial of Authorizations
Area Protection and Management Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management
No new information have been provided during the reported period.
Aircrat Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Aircraft Activities
Type: Illyshin, Basler and Twin Otter aircraft
Period From: 28/10/2016
Period To: 28/02/2017
Operator: Antarctic Logistics Company International
Description / Remarks: Various inter and intra continental flights in support of DROMLAN and approved NGO activities. 13 return flights from Cape Town to Novo Runway and 1 flight to Troll Station.

General Report