South Korean icebreaker, the Araon, and a cargo vessel arrived at a construction site in the Antarctic on December 11, setting out to take on the unprecedented construction to build the Jangbogo Research Station.
Carrying a variety of construction materials, the Dutch cargo vessel Suomigracht set off in the Pyeongtaek port on November 15. Led by the Araon, in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Suomigracht successfully approached the coast, 1.2 kilometers away from the construction site. Arrivial of the cargo vessel and the Araon carrying 115 employees of our company, construction workers and researchers at the South Pole is spurring the construction of the research station.
“Currently, the transportation and unloading is under way,” said an official of our company. “In consideration of climate of the Antarctic, we do not have many days to work throughout a year. We will be fully poised to preclude a setback of the construction.”
Our company plans to complete the first phase construction including buildings for power generation and maintenance, an emergency shelter as well as a main building by March 2013.