Expedition reaches Antarctica
A ship carrying the crew and equipment to build the new Belgian polar research station has reached Antarctica.
17 December 2007
A ship carrying the crew and equipment to build the new Belgian polar research station has reached Antarctica. The construction of the Belgian Antarctic research facility, named Princess Elisabeth, can soon begin.
The ship is looking for a suitable place to unload the material for the polar station. On board are 18 Belgian expedition members and 120 components and pieces of equipment.
After the material is unloaded, it has to be taken 180 kilometres inland. This could take about 4 weeks.
Then the construction of the Princess Elisabeth can really start. Belgium's South Pole Research Station is expected to be operational the end of next year.
The station will study climate changes in the South Pole.
The Belgian Antartic research base has been named after the oldest daughter of Crown Prince Filip and Princess Mathilda. The Belgian research station is eco-friendly and will run entirely on renewable energy sources. Its revolutionary design will ensure that it produces no carbon emissions. Furthermore, 75% of the water used at the base will be recycled.
The new base will Belgium's first on the South Pole for half a century.