Aviation and Vessel Incidents in Antarctica & Southern Oceans

Aviation and Vessel Incidents in Antarctica & Southern Oceans

376902A sunken Brazilian vessel "Mar Sem Fin". The vessel sunk on April 7, 2012 in Ardley Bay, Antarctica. Photograph by Ruslan EliseevThis Google Earth map provides a quick overview of aviation and vessel incidents in Antarctica and Southern Oceans. The range of vessels and aircrafts include;

- Cruise ships & Private yachts

- Fishing & Research vessels

- Commercial & Research aircrafts


Each icon identifies the nature and location of the incident, and if any pollution occurred as a consequence. Incidents resulted in loss of life are shown in red.


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list of the accidents and incidents in chronological order.

Name of transport Year Nature of incident Location
San Telmo 1819 Damaged by severe weather and sank. The 644 officers, soldiers and seamen lost on board. Drake Passage
Pisagua 1913 Ran aground and wrecked. The ship was stranded on 19 February 1913. Low Island, South Shetland Island
Martin PBM Mariner 1946 Crashed and exploded while attempting to climb and turn back out to sea. The crash killed 3 crewmembers, but 6 surviving cremembers were rescued 13 days later.  Thurston Island
Air New Zealand Fligth 901 1979 Collided with Mount Erebus on Ross Island, killing all 237 passengers and 20 crew on board. Mount Erebus, Ross Island
M/V Nella Dan 1987 Caught between two rocks whilie unloading of fuel at Macquarie Island. The Nella Dan was scuttled off Macquarie Island on 24 December 1987. Bucke Bay, Macquarie Island
M/V Bahia Paraiso 1989 Ran aground on rocks and immediately began leaking oil. The 234 crew members and 81 tourists were removed from the grounded vessel. Palmer Station, Antarctica
JP Spill 2003 7,000 gallons of jet fuel spilled onto the ice in Antarctica. There are no known additional details related to this incident. Mount Erebus, Ross Island, Antarctica
M/V Lyubov Orlova  2006 Grounding Whaler's Bay, Deception Island, South Shetlands
M/V Nordkapp  2007 Ran aground Port Foster, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands
M/V Nisshin Maru  2007 Explosion and fire; one dead Ross Sea
M/S Explorer  2007 Holed and sunk Bransfield Strait/South Shetland Islands
Argos Georgia  2007 Loss of power Ice flow off the Ross Ice shelf (http://www.pacaf.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123081168)
M/S Fram  2007 Lost engine power / hit glacier Near Brown Bluff
M/V Ushuaia  2008 Ran aground Vessel: MV Ushuaia Date: 04 December, 2008 Location: 64o35.5S 062 o25`W Time: 1300UTC / 1000 Local Time
M/V Ocean Nova  2009 Ran aground Marguerute Bay
In Sung 22  2009 Fire on board Approximately 60 nautical miles east of South Georgia
Clelia II  2009 Ran aground Petermann Island
Shonan Maru 2 / Ady Gil 2010 Collision resulting in Ady Gil sinking D'Urville Sea, Southern Ocean
Clelia II  2010 Electrical failure Drake Passage
Insung No 1  2010 Sank; twenty one dead North of Ross Sea
M/V Polar Star  2011 Ran aground N/A
Berserk  2011 Lost, presumed sunk N/A
Sparta  2011 Holed in ice N/A
F/V Jeong Woo 2  2012 Fire, presumed sunk; three dead N/A
Brazilian oil barge  2012 Capsized and sank The barge is about 900 meters (984 yards) from the shore where Brazil's Commandante Ferraz Antarctica Station is located.
Endless Sea  2012 Beset in ice and sank Maxwell Bay, Ardley Cove, in front of the Chilean Antarctic base Presidente Eduardo Frei
M/V Plancius  2012 Reduced propulsion King Edward Point Research Station in Grytviken/Cumberland East Bay/South Georgia (54°17′S, 36°30′W
Basler BT-67/DC-3 2012 Accident upon take-off. There were no reported major injuries. Holtanna Mountain Range in Antarctica's Dronning Maud Land
M/S Silver Explorer 2013 Encountered heavy weather and sustained damage. Drake Passage
M/S Fram 2013 Surrounded by a number of a fast-moving floes, up to 13 feet thick. N/A
DHC-6 Twin Otter 2013 Lost contact with the ground and disappeared over a mountain range. Wreckage was found on Mount Elizabeth. There were no survivors.  N/A: The plane was flying from the South Pole to an Italian base in Antarctica?s Terra Nova Bay when its emergency beacon went off en route, Queen Alexandra mountain range about 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of the pole
M/V Nisshin Maru 2013 The incident involved multiple clashes between Japanese whaling vessels and and militant conservationists, with both sides accusing the other of ramming their vessels. There were no injuries to the crews of Nisshin Maru and San Laurel. Vincennes Bay
F/V Kai Xin 2013 On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, a Chinese factory fishing ship caught fire off the Antarctica coast. All of 97 crew members were rescued. About 55 kilometers northwest of Chile's O'Higgins Antarctic base near the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula.
Company Helicopter Resources charted by Australian Antarctic Division 2013 The squirrel helicopter carrying one New Zealander and two Australian researchers returning from a survey of penguin colony on Amery Ice Shelf crashed en route to Davis Station. The three injured were transported by rescue aircrafts Twin Otter and Basler to Davis station and are in stable condition. Approx. 68°53 S, 72° 94E
Akademik Shokalskiy 2013 On December 24, 233-foot long Russian research vessel carrying 74 people was frozen in ice. Chinese icebreaker Xue Long which arrived at the scene three days later also became trapped during the rescue. 52 scientists and tourists on board were ferried by helicopter to Antarctic supply ship Aurora Australis six days later. Both ships extricated themselves without danger to crew and vessel. Approx. 66°65 S, 144°42E
Yushin Maru No. 3 2014 On February 2, Japan's research vessel and Sea Shepard's anti-whaling boat Bob Barker collided. Yushin Maru's hull and railing and Bob Barker's bow and anchor were damaged with no one hurt. Approx. 68°40 S, 163° 43W
Shirase 2014 On February 16 at 7.40am, 12,650-ton Japanese icebreaker Shirase ran aground. On its route to Japan, the vessel was straned after its underside scraped an underwater rock. While water leakage occurred at the damaged section, no fuel leaks were apparent. No one aboard was injured. Approx. 67S, 45E
Kwang Ja Ho 2014 On February 24, 305-foot South Korean trawler, Kwang Ja Ho was returning from a Peruvian port bearing 817 tons of krill when it struck the oecan floor 450 meters from the coast. No injuries were reported for the 90 crew on board. Approx. 62.28S, 59.40W
Bob Barker 2014 On March 2, it was reported that Nishin Maru, a Japanese research vessel crossed the bow of Sea Shepard's Bob Barker eleven times with steel cables in an attempt to disable the rudder and propeller. The two small boats launched by Bob Barker sustained damages of the antennas during cutting of the steel cables. No one aboard was injured. Approx. 72.56S, 178.10E


 

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