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Party: Belgium
2014/2015 Annual Information
Forward Plans
Science Activities in Previous Year
Station Report
Operational Information - National Expeditions - Stations
Name: Princess Elisabeth
Type: Summer
Location:
Site Name: Utsteinen   Lat: 71º 57´ 00´´ S   Long: 23º 20´ 00´´ E  
Maximum Population: 34
Medical Facilities: Supplies and equipment from the Belgian Army- 30kg of medical equipment and supplies. Medical facilities have basic equipment – defibrillators, ventilators. No Xrays, ultrasound or other sophisticated diagnostic capabilities. Emergency facilities installed at the airstrip.. Medical personnel: 1 Dr & 1 paramedic (1st period) Number of patient beds: 1
Remarks / Description: Princess Elisabeth is constructed as a compact station. The main building - designed for optimal use by 12 people with a surface area (living, technical, research, storage) of 900 m² - is located above ground-level and anchored onto snow-free rock area. A garage and storage building constructed under the snow in the lee side of the ridge provides room for around 30 additional beds and people. There are a few satellite units (containers) located nearby the station, providing shelter for eg. scientific activities. The station is built to utilize renewable energy as the primary energy source with the minimum use of fossil fuels. Energy production: The station is equipped with 9 wind turbines, with a capacity of 54 kW. In addition solar photovoltaic panels (9 kW, 90 m2) and solar thermal panels (20 kW, 200 m2) are installed. The photovoltaic system will be capable of providing up to 10% of the electrical load and thereby reducing the number of batteries required. Energy consumption: The station has a comprehensive energy management regime. An ingenious energy monitoring and control system which steers the different processes in the building according to demand, and keeps energy use coordinated to energy supply has been installed. In addition technologies reducing consumption are present, such as use of low energy-use equipment, “presence detector” systems for unoccupied rooms, etc. Heating and water production and storage: The station has solar thermal panels installed which are used to heat the thermal buffer. The excess heat is used to melt snow and heat sanitary water. Zero emission policy: The systems described above allow the station to be close to a zero emission station. Back-up generators have been installed to ensure a constant energy supply. It is currently expected that the generators will be used maximum 200 hours per season. However, fuel will be used for vehicles and transport, and the estimated fuel consumption (polar diesel, petrol, Jet A-1) per season is at approx 400 drums. All fuel is currently stored in 200 liter drums. Transport and production is not accounted for in this zero emission framework, but the daily operation of the station would entail near zero emission. Waste management: Water is recycled several times before the treated water finally is discharged into a nearby ice pit. All other waste is sorted, stored in a shipping container and returned to Cape Town for recycling and proper disposal.
Operating Period: From: November To: February

Vessels Report
Aircrat Report
Research Rockets Report
Military
Vessel-Based Report
Operational Information - Non Governmental Expeditions - Vessel-Based Operations
Operator:
Name: LATITUDE OCEANE SPRL
Contact Address: 40 RUE NYSTEN, B-4000 LIEGE
Email Address: info@vaihere.com
Website Address: http://www.vaihere.com
Name of Vessel: VAIHERE
Country of Registry: Belgium
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 4
Maximum Passengers: 10
Remarks:
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
12 Dec 2014 Ushuaia 04 Jan 2015 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Dallmann Bay Latitude: 64°20´S Longitude: 62°53´W
Visit Date18/12/2014
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Dallmann Bay Latitude: 64°20´S Longitude: 62°53´W
Visit Date19/12/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors12
ActivitiesKayaking, Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Waterboat Point/ Gonzalez Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 52´ 00´´ W
Visit Date20/12/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors8
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Waterboat Point/ Gonzalez Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 62º 52´ 00´´ W
Visit Date21/12/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date22/12/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors12
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Jougla Point Latitude: 64º 49´ 35´´ S Longitude: 63º 29´ 37´´ W
Visit Date24/12/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors10
ActivitiesKayaking, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Damoy Point/Dorian Bay Latitude: 64º 49´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 32´ 00´´ W
Visit Date24/12/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors10
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 49´ 30´´ S Longitude: 63º 29´ 36´´ W
Visit Date24/12/2014
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing, Station Visit
Duration of landing
12 Jan 2015 Ushuaia 05 Feb 2015 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 49´ 30´´ S Longitude: 63º 29´ 36´´ W
Visit Date26/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
Activities: Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Jougla Point Latitude: 64º 49´ 35´´ S Longitude: 63º 29´ 37´´ W
Visit Date26/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors11
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Lemaire Channel Latitude: 65°04´S Longitude: 63°57´W
Visit Date27/01/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities: Ship Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ile Pleneau Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date27/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors12
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ile Pleneau Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date28/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
Activities: Extended Walk, Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date31/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors12
Activities: Small Boat Cruising, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
13 Feb 2015 Ushuaia 07 Mar 2015 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date17/02/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
Duration of landing
Site Name: Goudier Island Latitude: 64º 50´ 00´´ S Longitude: 63º 30´ 00´´ W
Visit Date19/02/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors14
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Ile Pleneau Latitude:  Longitude: 
Visit Date20/02/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors14
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Hovgaard Island Latitude: 65°08´S Longitude: 64°07´W
Visit Date21/02/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Charcot, Port Latitude: 65º 04´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 00´ 00´´ W
Visit Date22/02/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors12
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Vernadsky station Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 15´ 00´´ W
Visit Date23/02/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors14
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Winter Island Latitude: 65º 15´ 00´´ S Longitude: 64º 16´ 00´´ W
Visit Date23/02/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors13
ActivitiesStation Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Argentine Islands Latitude: 65°15´S Longitude: 64°17´W
Visit Date24/02/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors14
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date26/02/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors14
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Wilhelmina Bay Latitude: 64°38´S Longitude: 62°10´W
Visit Date27/02/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesShip Cruise
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date01/03/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors12
ActivitiesSmall Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Melchior Islands Latitude: 64°19´S Longitude: 62°57´W
Visit Date02/03/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesSmall Boat Cruising
Duration of landing

Operator:
Name: SIMON YATES
Contact Address: Denby, North Dykes, Gt Salked Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9ND
Email Address:
Website Address:
Name of Vessel: IORANA
Country of Registry: belgium
Number of Voyages:
Maximum Crew: 1
Maximum Passengers: 4
Remarks:
Voyages:  
Depart. Date Depart. Port Arrival Date Arrival Port Expedition Leader
05 Jan 2015 Ushuaia 31 Jan 2015 Ushuaia

Visited Sites:  View in Google Earth Map
Site Name: Charles Point Latitude: 64°14´S Longitude: 61°00´W
Visit Date13/01/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Herschel, Cape Latitude: 64°04´S Longitude: 61°02´W
Visit Date14/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors2
Activitieslooking at a small Chinstrap Penguin colony
Duration of landing
Site Name: Murray, Cape Latitude: 64°21´S Longitude: 61°38´W
Visit Date15/01/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Bluff Island Latitude: 64°22´S Longitude: 61°34´W
Visit Date16/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors3
ActivitiesClimbing, 3rd person landed in order to bring back to the yacht a person hurted by a falling rock during a climbing, Skiing, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Murray, Cape Latitude: 64°21´S Longitude: 61°38´W
Visit Date17/01/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date18/01/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
Activities
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date19/01/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors2
ActivitiesAnchoring Only, went aboard a sunken whaling ship to which the yacht was anchored
Duration of landing
Site Name: Enterprise Island Latitude: 64°32´S Longitude: 62°00´W
Visit Date20/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors3
ActivitiesExtended Walk, Small Boat Landing
Duration of landing
Site Name: Base Melchior Latitude: 64°19´59´´S Longitude: 62°58´59´´W
Visit Date21/01/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
Duration of landing
Site Name: Base Melchior Latitude: 64°19´59´´S Longitude: 62°58´59´´W
Visit Date22/01/2015
This visit includes landingYes  Number of visitors3
ActivitiesExtended Walk, wildlife watching, Station Visit
Duration of landing
Site Name: Base Melchior Latitude: 64°19´59´´S Longitude: 62°58´59´´W
Visit Date23/01/2015
This visit includes landingNo  Number of visitors
ActivitiesAnchoring Only
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
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 Information - Contingency Plans
Title: Code of Conduct
Scope/coverage of the plan:
Objective: Guidelines to keep Antarctica pristine, protect Antarctic wildlife, be safe, for field activities, fuel spill prevention and waste management
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Vancauwenberghe Maaike
Job Title or Position: Programme manager
Phone: +32 2 2383678
Email: vcau@belspo.be
File: CCGuide_en.pdf
Title: Environmental code of conduct
Scope/coverage of the plan:
Objective: MAXIMISE your Antarctic experience with MINIMUM environmental impact
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Vancauwenberghe Maaike
Job Title or Position: Programme manager
Phone: +32 2 2383678
Email: vcau@belspo.be
File: FichesEnvCodeOfCond_en.pdf
Title: Fuel spill action card
Scope/coverage of the plan:
Objective:
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Vancauwenberghe Maaike
Job Title or Position: Programme manager
Phone: +32 2 2383678
Email: vcau@belspo.be
File: FichesFuelSpActionCard_en.pdf

Title: Fuel spill action plan
Scope/coverage of the plan:
Objective: Response procedures in the event of a fuel spill in Utsteinen base camp or during the traverses
Contact Point:
Organisation:
Name: Vancauwenberghe Maaike
Job Title or Position: Programme manager
Phone: +32 2 2383678
Email: vcau@belspo.be
File: RProcedure_en.pdf

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: PRELIMINARY ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION FOR ANTARCTIC ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT BY THE BELGIAN ANTARCTIC RESEARCH EXPEDITION BELARE 2014-2015
Organization(s) responsible: International Polar Foundation (IPF) with support of the Ministry of Defence, BELSPO and FPS Health, Food Chain safety and Environment
Activity: Science Support for station & field campaigns & On-going maintenance at the Princess Elisabeth Station
Topics: - Construction / operation of facilities
- Science
- Waste management
Locations: Site name: Princess Elisabeth Station
Latitude: 71º 51´ 00´´ S
Latitude: 23º 20´ 00´´ E
Period/length of the activity:
Decision/Comment: Proceed - No more than a minor or transitory impact

Environmental Impact Assessment - Follow-up Activities Report
Environmental Information - Environmental Impact Assessment (Monitoring and follow-up Activities)
Name of Activity: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT & MITIGATION REPORT BELARE 2014-15
Location:
Site Name: Princess Elisabeth Station   71º 57´ 00´´ S   Long: 23º 20´ 00´´ E  
Procedures put in Place: Under the provisions of the relevant belgian legislation, the annual Expedition is carried out under a permit from the Ministry of Environment, (FPS Public Health, Food Chain Security and the Environment). The permitting process requires IPF to submit a Preliminary Environmental Evaluation of the impact of activities, to the Minister for Environment. The Minister issued a permit for activities in line with the request, in October 2014.
Information Obtained: Most of the environmental impact of operations comes from the air and land operations on site, from vehicles and planes that require fuel. While the PE station renewable energy production capacity provides an important offset, the emissions from transport remain one of the most important impacts. Transport capacity is a vital part of Antarctic operations in support of scientific activities, and for this reason it is important to look at every means to reduce fuel consumption. Not only does the use of excessive fuel add to costs but also to generalised environmental pollution and production of wastes, which require further processing, albeit in another location. Fuel consumption of the existing stock cannot be reduced without certain important changes to the mode of operation: • Rotation of vehicles on a regular basis – return to Belgium, would allow each vehicle to be properly maintained in an environment which is less extreme, and allow for optimal fuel consumption to be maintained for a longer life-time of the vehicle – wastes would also be entered into the disposal chain in an area where it is easier to manage. • Replacement of the vehicles on a regular basis. This would remove more polluting older vehicles from the stock at the station, where they are difficult to maintain. • Introduction of less fuel consuming vehicles for uses that do not involve heavy loads in traction. • Use of bulk fuel solutions reducing the number of traverses necessary to bring fuel back to the station. • Creation of fuel depots at marked locations to avoid carrying fuel on field expeditions near the coast, where these could be re-supplied by depots nearer the area of operations. This type of depot would also improve safety for field traverses, especially if combined with the deposit of tents
Actions Taken:
Related EIA:
Year 0   Title
File: EIMR 2014-15-Ann 6- ENV MITIGATION OF ACTIVITIES.pdf

Conservation of Fauna and Flora Report
Waste Management Plans Report
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)
ASPA / ASMA: Type:  ASPA    Number:  140    Name:  Parts of Deception Island, South Shetland Islands (More Details)
Permit Number: 2014/03
Number of people: Permitted to enter  2   That actually entered:  2
Permit Period: From:  25 Jan 2015   To:  12 Feb 2015
Purpose: entering Sites B (Crater Lake), D (Fumarole Bay), F (Telefon Bay) and K (Ronald Hill to Kroner Lake) for collecting non-marine algae. A scientific sampling campaign is included as the analysis of the Deception Island diatom flora might be of great importance in our understanding of the survival of non-marine algae during glacial maxima. Sampling of lakes, mosses and wet soils for non-marine algal research within the framework of the BELSPO CCAMBIO project.
Summary of activities: Due to logistic problems and bad weather, the initial 9 day visit was reduced to only 3 days. Therefore, only a limited number of localities was visited. 1st day was devoted to sample the area around Crater Lake, samples were taken during a limited amount of time (bad weather). 2nd day was used to sample the area round Telephone Bay, only 2 hours were passed on site. 3rd day was used to sample the area around Whalers Bay and Kroner Lake. Again, only 3 hours were spent in the area. Access to all areas was always by Zodiac to avoid too much trampling of the area in walking/driving up there. From each landing point, only short walks were made to the different sampling areas. Sampling included collection of water from the lakes (partly filtered on site, partly stored immediately in closed vials). Additionally, samples were taken from the littoral sediment, surrounding moss vegetations and plankton. All were stored immediately in closed vials. No chemicals were brought on site but samples were fixed immediately upon return in the lab of the Base Gabriel de Castilla. That way, spillage of chemicals in the field was avoided. Sampling site 1: Crater Lake: 3 lake samples, 8 moss samples, 4 soil samples Sampling site 2: Telephon Bay: 4 lake samples, 6 moss samples, 3 soil samples Sampling site 3: Irizar Lake: 2 lake samples, 10 moss samples, 4 soil samples Sampling site 4: Whalers Bay & Kroner Lake: 1 lake sample, 10 moss samples, 4 soil samples.
Event or project name/number: project CCAMBIO

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