Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Korean Icebreaker to visit Lyttelton on its maiden

Joint CCC and Antarctica New Zealand media release:

Korean Icebreaker to visit Lyttelton on its maiden voyage

Lyttelton will be the first port of call this summer for Korea’s new Icebreaker the ‘Araon’.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and Antarctica New Zealand Chief Executive Lou Sanson both welcomed the Araon’s forthcoming visit.

“This City's association with Antarctica, both historically and in the present times, is of great strategic, scientific and economic importance,” said Mayor Parker.

We are keen to aid Antarctica New Zealand build and foster strong relationships with polar explorers like Korea.”

“We look forward to welcoming the Araon and working with the Korean Polar Research Institute on their research in the Ross Sea,” said Mr Sanson.

The capabilities of this icebreaker mean that Korea is now a significant partner in Antarctic science and we congratulate them on her inaugural voyage.”

The recently launched 6,950-ton ship will be conducting sea trials in the Ross Sea in January 2010. The Araon is the result of a NZ$108 million investment by the Korean government and has a range of 37,000 kilometres without refuelling which allows voyages of up to 70 days. The ship is designed to operate in up to one-metre-thick,multiple-year ice and can accommodate up to 65 scientists and 25 crew. The name ‘Araon’ is a mixture of Korean words for ‘sea’ (ara) and ‘all’ (on).

Korea operates its existing year-round station, the King Sejong on King George Island in the Antarctic Peninsula, and also has research facilities at Dasan Station, in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard Islands in the Arctic.

The voyage south in late January will allow the Araon to undergo sea trials as well as scope out potential sites for an additional land base in Antarctica. Three potential sites will be surveyed: Cape Burkes, Enderby Land or Terra Nova Bay. In addition, the following summer season the icebreaker will be used to re-provision the existing Antarctic and Arctic stations as well as supporting the construction of the second Antarctic station.

The Icebreaker is scheduled to arrive in Lyttelton Port at 6am this Friday 8 January 2010.

The Araon will be officially welcomed to Lyttelton by Mayor Parker, the Korean Ambassador to New Zealand HE Kwang-il Noh, representatives of the local Korean and Antarctic communities, and Director-General of the Korean Polar Research Institute Dr Lee at 10 am on Saturday 9 January 2010.

The civic welcome will include a powhiri and a performance by a local Samul Nori Korean drum group. Antarctica New Zealand will then host a lunch for the Korean delegation.

The Araon will return to Lyttelton from her voyage to Antarctica in late February.

Important information for the media:

Port of Lyttelton will greet the arrival of the Icebreaker with water cannons upon its scheduled arrival at 6am this Friday 8 January. If you wish to access the wharf for photographs you must bring photo ID.

If you intend to cover the Civic Welcome at 10am on Saturday 9 January, for security reasons all members of the media must bring photo ID . Please reply to Robyn Fennell if you wish to attend (contact details at the end of this media release).

Important information for members of the public:

For security reasons, members of the public are not allowed onto the wharf. Viewing points for the Civic Welcome, starting at 10am on Saturday 9 January, are the public footpath on the Oxford Street overbridge or along Sumner Road.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why We Shouldn’t Be Pushed Into Re-opening Our Borders


I believe in yesterday as much as Paul McCartney, but it was bemusing to see the amount of media attention lavished last week on the pandemic-related musings by former government science adviser Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Air New Zealand chairman Rob Fyfe. Unfortunately, the Gluckman paper had no fresh insights to offer as to how and when New Zealand should re-open to visitors from places where the Covid-19 virus rages on, virtually unchecked. Instead, Gluckman and Co posed a string of rhetorical questions – I counted 23 of them in a three page document – presented as if no-one has ever considered such matters before... More>>
 

Isolation: Government And Air NZ Agree To Manage Incoming Bookings

Bookings for seats on Air New Zealand flights into New Zealand will be managed in the short term to ensure the Government is able to safely place New Zealanders arriving home into a managed isolation or quarantine facility, says Housing Minister Megan ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Investment Creates Over 2000 Jobs To Clean Up Waterways

A package of 23 projects across the country will clean up waterways and deliver over 2000 jobs Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The $162 million dollar package will see 22 water clean-up projects ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: David Clark Resigns As Health Minister

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has accepted David Clark’s resignation as Health Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Green Party Unveils Income Policy

The Green Party is today unveiling its Poverty Action Plan, which includes a Guaranteed Minimum Income to ensure people have enough to live with dignity. The scheme resets income support payments to ensure everyone not in full-time paid work gets at least ... More>>

ALSO:


Conservation: New Protection For Dolphins

Extensive new protections are being put in place as part of an updated plan to look after New Zealand’s native Hector’s and Māui dolphins, announced Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Water Consent Referred To Board Of Inquiry

Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses... More>>

ALSO:




Covid-19 Patient Info Leak: Hamish Walker - A Personal Statement And An Apology

I have spoken to National Party Leader Todd Muller and informed him that I passed to members of the media, by email, information containing Covid-19 patient details that was given to me by a source. I did this to expose the Government’s shortcomings ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Labour Will Extend Loan Scheme 'lifeline' For Small Business

Labour has announced its plans to extend the Small Business Loan Cashflow Scheme and spend $162 million on a waterway clean-up package. More>>

ALSO:


Biosecurity: Winston Peters On EU Travel: 'We're Not Going To Compromise Our Country's Health'

Foreign Minister Winston Peters says New Zealanders who head to Europe on holiday should pay for their two weeks' hotel quarantine when they return. More>>

Economy: Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-Start COVID Rebuild

A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister ... More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19: Isolation System To Be Beefed Up After Stress

A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify ... More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Parties Get Into Gear

ACT has today announced its list for the 2020 General Election. “The calibre and experience of our candidates will impress voters of every persuasion. We have candidates from all walks of life. People who have built their homes, families and businesses ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels