The icebreaker Almirante Irízar managed to cross the iceberg A81 and continue to the Belgrano II Base

This iceberg, the product of the rupture that occurred on January 23 in the Brunt ice shelf, has a surface area of 1,560 km2 and covers a total of 25 nautical miles wide and 30 nautical miles long.

12 de February de 2023 19:28

To overcome this, observations were made through a glaciological flight with Sea King helicopters.

The Ministry of Defense reported that continuing with the development of the 2022/23 Summer Antarctic Campaign, the ARA icebreaker "Almirante Irízar" began its navigation through the Weddell Sea on Wednesday afternoon and managed to successfully flank the A81 iceberg. that broke off from the Brunt ice barrier, to carry out the supply of the Belgrano II Base.

According to what was planned by the Joint Antarctic Command (COCOANTAR), the ARA Icebreaker “Almirante Irízar” set sail on Wednesday afternoon from the Joint Antarctic Base (BAC) Orcadas to head to the BAC Belgrano II, beginning its journey towards the southern Weddell Sea.

This maritime route represented an additional challenge, since it is the southernmost Argentine Antarctic base and this implies difficult navigation due to the presence of the ice field.

Added to this, on this occasion, is the presence of a giant iceberg called A81 that, through the unit's Operations Department, is monitored on board using satellite images by expert personnel dependent on the Naval Hydrography Service.

This iceberg, the product of the rupture that occurred on January 23 in the Brunt ice shelf, has a surface area of 1,560 km2 and covers a total of 25 nautical miles wide and 30 nautical miles long.

By Agenda Malvinas

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