ATCM
Antarctic Treaty
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Party: South Africa
2012/2013 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Science Activities in Previous Year
Scientific Information - Science Activities in Previous Year
Project Name/Number: Assessing the distribution, abundance and migration of Antarctic Blue Whales off Queen Maud Land
Discipline: Biological Sciences
Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Best, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria. pbest@iziko.org.za
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
Queen Maud Land
Project Name/Number: Atmospheric and ocean surface research
Discipline: Atmospheric Sciences
Principal Investigator: Ms. S. du Toit, South African Weather Service, Cape Town International Airport, 7490. santjie.dutoit@weathersa.co.za
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
SANAE IV
southern ocean
Project Name/Number: BARREL Balloon Campaign
Discipline: Atmospheric Sciences
Principal Investigator: Dr. A. Collier, SANSA, 1 Hospital Road, Hermanus, 7200. collierab@gmail.com
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
SANAE IV
Project Name/Number: Cosmic Ray Programme
Discipline: Atmospheric Sciences
Principal Investigator: Prof. H. Moraal, Department of Physics, North-West University, Potchefstroom. harm.moraal@nwu.ac.za
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
SANAE IV

Project Name/Number: Polar Space weather studies
Discipline: Atmospheric Sciences
Principal Investigator: Prof. P. Cilliers, South African National Space Agency, 1 Hospital Road, Hermanus, 7200 pjcilliers@sansa.org.za
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
SANAE IV
Project Name/Number: Seasonal Cycle of Carbon in Southern Ocean
Discipline: Oceanographic Sciences
Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Monteiro, Oceans Systems and Climate, CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment, P. O. Box 320, Stellenbosch, 7700. pmonteiro@csir.co.za
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
southern ocean
Project Name/Number: SHARE SuperDARN
Discipline: Atmospheric Sciences
Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Govender, SANSA, 1 Hospital Road, Hermanus, 7200. kgovender@sansa.org.za
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
SANAE IV
Project Name/Number: South Atlantic meridional overturning circulation SA
Discipline: Oceanographic Sciences
Principal Investigator: Dr. I Ansorge, Oceanography Department, University of Cape Twon, Rondebosch, 7701 isabelle.ansorge@uct.ac.za
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
South Atlantic Ocean

Project Name/Number: Use of the Continuous Plankton Recorder for basin-scale mapping of plankton
Discipline: Oceanographic Sciences
Principal Investigator: Dr. H. Verheye, Oceans and Coasts, Department of Environment Affairs. hveheye@environment.gov.za
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
southern ocean
Project Name/Number: VLF Diagnostics of Magnetosphere-Ionosphere Coupling
Discipline: Atmospheric Sciences
Principal Investigator: Dr. A. Collier, University of Kwa-Zullu Natal / SANSA, 72 Evans Road, Glenwood, Durban. collierab@gmail.com
Main Activity/ Remarks:
Link (URL):
Additional Information: Open file
Operating Period: From:  06 Dec 2012   To:  19 Feb 2013
Areas of Operation
SANAE IV

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
06 Dec 2012 Cape Town 19 Feb 2013 Cape Town
20 Dec 2012 SANAE IV
Annual relief and research voyage

Aircrat Report
Research Rockets Report
Military
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Military
Military personnel in expeditions: 6 Diesel Mechanics / Drivers, 3 Dozers and 2 Chefs used as support staff for the summer relief period. Ranks range from Private to Warrant Officer.
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
Operator:
Name: SAMSA
Contact Address: P O Box 13186, Pretoria, South Africa
Email Address:
Website Address: www.samsa.org.za
Name of Vessel: mv SA Agulhas
Country of Registry: South Africa
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 40
Maximum Passengers: 96
Remarks: Transport of a Non-governmental expedition (The Coldest Journey) from London to Antarctica. Departing London 6 December 2012 and Cape Town 7 January 2013.
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
06 Dec 2012 London 06 Feb 2013 Cape Town

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Crown Bay Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date13/01/2013
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing

Land-Based Operations
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Land-Based Operations
Expedition Name: The Coldest Journey 
Method of transportation to/within/from Antarctica: Ship / Walking
Activities:
Number of Participants:
Date begin: 21 Mar 2013
Date end: 21 Sep 2013
Number of personnel: 5
Operator:
Name: The Coldest Journey
Contact Address:
Email Address:
Website Address: www.thecoldestjourney.com
Remarks: Attempting first ever winter crossing on foot of the Antarctic continent.
Location of Activities
Routes:

Denial of Authorizations
Aircrat Report
Compliance with the Protocol Report
Environmental Information - Compliance with the Protocol
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Contingency Plans Report
Environmental Impact Assessment: Procedures Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (Procedures)
No new procedures were established during this reporting period.

Environmental Impact Assessment Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (IEE/CEE List - Annex I)
Type: IEE
Title: IEE for Antarctic Blue Whale project
Organization(s) responsible: University of Pretoria (RSA)
Activity: The distribution and seasonal abundance of Antarctic blue whales through autonomous acoustic monitoring
Topics: - Science
Locations: Site name: Ice edge environment from 65˚S to 0˚-20˚ E
Latitude:
Latitude:
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed - impact minor or transitory
Type: IEE
Title: IEE for Deep Crustal Processes recorded in Antarctic Rocks
Organization(s) responsible: University of Cape Town (RSA)
Activity: Studies of deformed and metamorphosed rocks from the Maud Belt, East Antarctica
Topics: - Science
Locations: Site name: Neumayerskarvet
Latitude:
Latitude:
Site name: Sverdrupfjella
Latitude:
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Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed - minor or transitory impact
Type: IEE
Title: IEE for Gondwana Amalgamation and Correlation
Organization(s) responsible: Council for Geoscience (RSA)
Activity: Correlating lithological units between central Mozambique and western Dronning Maud Land
Topics: - Drilling (ice/rock)
- Science
Locations: Site name: Bolten
Latitude: 71º 49´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 1º 43´ 00´´ W
Site name: Bratnuten
Latitude: 71º 45´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 1º 20´ 00´´ W
Site name: Grunehogna
Latitude: 72º 02´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 2º 45´ 00´´ W
Site name: Jekselen
Latitude: 72º 00´ 00´´ S
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed - minor or transitory impact
Type: IEE
Title: IEE for Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems
Organization(s) responsible: Rhodes University (RSA)
Activity: The effects of landscape processes in periglacial environments in Dronning Maude Land on microtopography and microclimate and, in turn, biodiversity
Topics: - Drilling (ice/rock)
- Science
Locations: Site name: Borgmassivet
Latitude: 72º 40´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 3º 40´ 00´´ W
Site name: Flarjuven
Latitude:
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Site name: Grunehogna (3 sites)
Latitude:
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Site name: Jutelsessen (Troll station)
Latitude:
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Site name: Lorenzenp
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed - minor or transitory impact

Type: IEE
Title: IEE for PSRV full scale ice trial
Organization(s) responsible: Aalto University (Finland)
Activity: Finland ice trial on SA Agulhas II to determine the mechanical properties of ice (compressive and bending strength)
Topics: - Science
Locations: Site name: Any location in the ice field during normal ship operations
Latitude:
Latitude:
Site name: Ice shelf in Dronning Maud Land at most suitable offloading site
Latitude:
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Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed - less than minor or transitory impact
Type: IEE
Title: IEE for the BARREL Balloon Campaign
Organization(s) responsible: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (RSA) and Dartmouth College (USA)
Activity: SA/USA/UK collaborative balloon campaign to understand the processes responsible for scattering relativistic electrons into Earth’s atmosphere
Topics: - Science
Locations: Site name: Halley Research Station, Brunt Ice Shelf
Latitude:
Latitude:
Site name: SANAE IV
Latitude: 71º 40`S
Latitude: 2º 51`W
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed - minor or transitory impact

Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
Waste Management Plans Report
Environmental Information - Waste Disposal and Waste Management (Waste Management Plans)
Title: SANAP Waste Management Plan
Fixed Site/Field Camp/Ship: SANAE IV and environs
Objective: Management of waste at the SANAE IV Base, environs and Field Camps.
Implementation Report: Implemented with effect from the 1997 summer season.
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Richard Skinner
Job Title or Position: Deputy Director
Phone: +27 12 399 9859
Email: rskinner@environment.gov.za
File: WASTE MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK_All Bases_2012 v4.doc

Waste Management Inventory of Past Activities Report
Prevention of Marine Pollution: Measures Report
Environmental Information - Prevention of Marine Pollution
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Measures Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Measures)
No new measures have been adopted during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Permit, Visit and Activities Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Permit, Visit and Activities)
No new information have been provided during the reported period.

Area Protection and Management: Change or Damage Report
Environmental Information - Area Protection and Management (Change or Damage)
No change or damage was observed during this reporting period.

Activities Undertaken in Cases of Emergencies Report
General Report