2014 Press Releases

IAATO moves their office to Newport, Rhode Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1 April 2014

Newport, Rhode Island, USA: The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) is pleased to announce that their office has moved from Providence to Newport, Rhode Island.

Executive Director, Dr. Kim Crosbie says, "IAATO continues to go from strength to strength.  We currently have 116 members, representing the vast majority of commercial tourism operations in Antarctica.  Moving our office to Newport is one of several changes that we have made recently to strengthen our organization and enable us to support our growing membership more effectively."

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IAATO welcomes the decision by the Criminal Court of Paris to sentence a French national for violating the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7 March 2014

Providence, RI, USA: IAATO welcomes the decision by the Criminal Court of Paris to sentence a French national for violating the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. The man had organized tourist trips to the Antarctic without prior authorization by the Prefect of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF). This is the first time that such an offense has been recognized in court, creating a national and international precedent for the continued protection of the Antarctic environment. Click here for the original French Press Release from TAAF

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Live Antarctic Search and Rescue Exercise conducted by IAATO operators in conjunction with MRCC Ushuaia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 13 February 2014

Providence, Rhode Island, USA: The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and two IAATO Member Operators, Aurora Expeditions and Oceanwide Expeditions, took part in a live Search and Rescue Communications Exercise in collaboration with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) Ushuaia, Argentina.

The intent of the training exercise was to test the lines of communication between the ship in distress, MRCC Ushuaia and a vessel tasked with going to the incident area to assist.

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IAATO Expedition Vessels and International Hydrographic Organization collaborate to chart Antarctic waters


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7 January 2014

Providence, Rhode Island, USA:  An IAATO sailing yacht has demonstrated that private and commercial vessels on expeditions in Antarctica can perform official hydrographic surveys and produce navigational charts that are still much needed for the region.  Results were presented at the 13th Conference of the Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica (HCA) in Cadiz, Spain 3-5 December, hosted by the Spanish Navy. 

The surveys were conducted by Stephen Wilkins, skipper of the yacht Xplore, in response to the limited availability of navigational data in Antarctica, some of which dates as far back as the early 1900s and – like many areas of the world - does not comply with the latest international standards set by the 81 countries of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).  Wilkins regularly conducts bespoke expeditions to the southern continent and is a representative of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).  IAATO in turn actively supports the work of the IHO through its HCA, which strives to improve and coordinate surveying and charting activity in Antarctica.  

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