Responsible Travel in Antarctic Waters
The Bark EUROPA member of the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, known as IAATO.
IAATO is a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. Since the beginning of the modern Antarctic tourism industry in 1969, the number of tourists in Antarctica has grown from a few hundred to more than 30,000 each year. Recognising the potential environmental impacts that such growing numbers of tourism could cause, seven private tour operators conducting excursions in Antarctica joined together in 1991 to practice and promote safe and environmentally responsible travel in this remote, wild and delicate region of the world.
Bark Europa fully compiles with the requirements for everything from clean engine bilge water to sewage treatment and waste management....in the Antarctic Special area. In fact she goes beyond her normal maritime responsibilities in South Atlantic Waters outside this zone.
Precautions to Keep Antarctic Pristine and Wild
You will be required to vacumn any possible seeds out of all clothing and rucksacks before your first landing in Antarctica. For every landing all crew have to clean and dis-infect their boots before leaving the ship and after returning to avoid the spread of non native species or disease.
Elephant Seal and Fur Seal Training
In places like South Georgia it is hard to find any beach space to walk past the wildlife, and there are battles going on there during the breeding seasons. Your guides will train you on how to behave to stay safe and not confront the wildlife.