Palmer Pier Upgrade in Final Planning Stages

NSF is Currently in the Process of Finalizing the Plans Needed to Prepare for Construction

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will make a major upgrade to the pier at the U.S. Antarctic Program's Palmer Station. NSF's Office of Polar Programs is currently in the process of finalizing the plans and designs needed to prepare for construction in the coming months.

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First RHIB Deploys at Palmer

Extended Range, Capabilities, and Safety For Science

Rigil, the first Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) has safely arrived at Palmer Station, and work has begun to gradually test systems and demonstrate its new capabilities. As has been covered in recent posts, this new class of craft is compact but extremely capable - packed with safety and operational equipment to support science on the water around Palmer Station. In our video above, we highlight some of the latest photos and footage from Palmer Station, Antarctica.

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Palmer Pier Planning Advances

An Improved and Expanded Pier to Allow More Room For Larger Ships, More Cargo, and Additional Science

The United States Antarctic Program recently completed a formal design review of the 35% design of a new Palmer Station Pier, advancing this critical piece of Antarctic infrastructure further along in the design process. When constructed, the new Palmer Pier will offer a safer and improved logistical platform, provide expanded vessel berthing capabilities, and incorporate several additional safety and operational features. Thanks to its coastal location on Anvers Island, Palmer Station is the focal point for inshore aquatic and marine Antarctic science.

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