Travel and Logistics
Get To Know About Our Travel And Logistics
Transportation to Antarctica by road is not available yet. However, there are two major options for travelling to Antarctica; namely by air and by water. However, while on the ground in Antarctica, expeditioners can move around in road vehicles or water transport.
Travelling to Antarctica
There are travel schedules for air, cargo and ship transport. As against normal travels to other places, the travel schedules are not usually very certain until quite close to the departure dates. Many journeys end up being cancelled due to unmanageable weather conditions.
All cargo to be moved into Antarctica must be reported to the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) before the flight and ship movements. This is especially true of electronic devices, including smartphones and personal computers. This is because certain devices are banned from being transported into Antarctica. Also, several other items are designated as “Dangerous Goods.”
There is a dedicated aviation system that sees to air travel between Australian and Antarctica (intercontinental) and within Antarctica (intracontinental) for air transport. For intercontinental travels, the aviation system moves passengers and goods from a base in Hobart on the Australian continent. It then lands in Wilkins Aerodrome located in Casey on the Antarctica continent. There are two dedicated airliners available to facilitate these travels.
For ship travels, there are voyage leaders charged with ensuring the smooth running of the journey. All personal effects that expeditioners bring along will be examined to guard against the introduction of harmful matter to life in Antarctica. Also, expeditioners are expected to adhere to top-level hygiene both personally, and for the belongings, they will be taking along on travel.
Travel and Logistics Within Antarctica
For intracontinental movements within the Antarctica continent, there are helicopters and other wing aircraft to facilitate these. These transport passengers and goods between stations and other stations and between field operation bases.
On the other, small watercraft are used for transportation by expeditioners within Antarctica. Such watercraft can be used to transfer personnel, move small-scale cargo, and carry search and rescue operations. The small watercraft include inflatable rubber-boats and rigid-inflatable boats which are best for moving cargo and personnel. Pontoons and jet barges are however best used to move supplies to stations.
There are various types of vehicles used for operations on the ground in Antarctica. Their functions include moving supplies, in construction work and during field operations, away from the stations.
The type of vehicles include tractors, heavy-duty machinery and pickup vehicles. Although limited, vehicles are also used for recreational purposes. Expeditioners who will handle these vehicles are expected to undergo thorough training on driving in terrains such as Antarctica. They are also expected to be trained in technology, such as radar navigation and GPS.
All these vehicles and transportation systems require fuel use such as diesel and gas, to power them. However, improper management of these fuels can bring about severe harm to life in Antarctica. Thus, there is a need for training on fuel handling and the management of disasters such as fuel spills.