Indian Post Offices in Antarctica


Indian Antarctic Program begun on December 6, 1981 with launching of the first Indian Expedition at Goa. Subsequently Indian expeditions have been going to Antarctica every year.

India was admitted to the Antarctic Treaty on the August 19, 1983 and obtained Consultative Status on the September 12, 1983. India was admitted as a member of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) on the October 1, 1984 and of Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in 1986. India ratified the Environment Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty in 1997.

The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa, was established in 1998 at Goa an autonomous Research & Development Institution of the Department of Ocean Development. NCAOR is designated as the nodal organization for the co-ordination and implementation of the Indian Antarctic Program, including the maintenance of India's permanent station in Antarctica.

The first and the second Indian Antarctic Expedition were in Antarctica for 10 and 57 days respectively. India built its first permanent station 'Dakshin Gangotri' in 1984 and 12 members of the 3rd Expedition stayed for over four months during winters returning on Jun 6, 1984.

Dakshin Gangotri was decommissioned in 1990 and was converted into a supply base. The second permanent station ‘Maitri’ was built during 1988-1989. The third permanent station 'bhartati' was opened in 2012

A post office was setup at Dakshin Gangotri in 1983 during the 3rd Expedition and 2000 covers were reportedly postmarked.

The information in this listing is presented in following format:
Launch Date {at Goa till 18th expedition, and at Cape Town, South Africa from 19th to 25th expedition, and again from Goa from 26th expedition onwards}
Date of Landing at Antarctica
Date of Return to Cape Town (only for 19th to 25th expedition)
Date of return in India
Name of the Ship/s
Helicopter Service/s


1

1981 Dec 6
1982 Jan 9
1982 Feb 22
MV Polar Circle
Via Mauritius

2

1982 Dec 1
1982 Dec 28
1982 Mar 22
MV Polar Circle
Via Mauritius

3

1983 Dec 3
1983 Dec 27
1984 Mar 29
MV Finnpolaris
Via Mauritius

4

1984 Dec 4
1984 Dec 28
1985 Mar 25
MV Finnpolaris
Via Mauritius

5

1985 Nov 13
1985 ?
1986 Mar 24
MV Thuleland
Direct to Antarctic

6

1986 Nov 26
1986 ?
1987 Mar 22
MV Thuleland
Direct to Antarctic

7

1987 Nov 25
1987 ?
1988 Mar 26
MV Thuleland
Direct to Antarctic

8

1988 Nov 29
1988 ?
1989 Mar 26
MV Thuleland
Direct to Antarctic

 
9

1989 Nov 30
1989 Dec 27
1990 Mar 27
MV Thuleland

Exploration of Weddel Sea Coast


1989 Dec 3
1990 ?
1990 Mar 8
MV Polar Bjorn
10

1990 Nov 27
1990 Dec 20
1991 Mar 25
MV Thuleland

11

1991 Nov 27
1991 Dec 23
1992 Mar 24
MV Thuleland

12

1992 Dec 5
1992 Dec 28
1993 Mar 25
MV Thuleland

13

1993 Dec 8
1994?
1994
MV Stepan-Krishninnikov

14

1994 Dec 17
1995?
1995 Mar
MV Polarbird

15

1995 Dec 7
1996 Jan 1
1996 Mar 21
MV Brinknes

16

1996 Dec 12
1997 Jan 4
1997 Apr 5
MV Polarbird

17

1997 Dec 8
1998 Jan 3
1998 Apr 1
MV Polarbird
Jayrow Helicopters

18

1998 Dec 14
1999 ?
1999 Mar 29
MV Polarbird
Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd., New Delhi

19

1999 Dec 9
1999 ?
2000 Mar 3
2000 ?
MV Magdalena Oldendorff
Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd., New Delhi

20

2000 Dec 30
2001 Jan 9
2001 Mar 18
2001 ?
MV Magdalena Oldendorff

  21


2002 Jan 8
2002 ?
2002 Mar 25
2003?
MV Magdalena Oldendorff
Helicopters (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand

Rescue of MV Magdalena Oldendorff
22


2003 Jan 10
2003 Jan 25
2003 Mar 28
2003 Apr ?
MV Magdalena Oldendorff
Helicopters (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand

23


2003 Dec 19
2003 Dec ?
2004 Mar 31
2004 Apr 4
MV Emerald Sea
Helicopters (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand

24

      
2004 Dec 12
-
2005 Feb 23
2005 ?
MV Emerald Sea
Heli-Serv. Pty. Ltd., Australia

25


2005 Dec 12
2006
2006
2006 ?
MV Paardeberg
Helicopter Service - GmbH Wasserthal, Hamburg, Germany

26

2007 Jan 10
2007
2007
MV Emerald Sea
Helicopters (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand
27

2007 Dec 6
2008 Jan 03
2008 Apr 11
MV Emerald Sea
Helicopters (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand

28

2008 Oct 31
2009 Jan
2009
MV Emerald Sea
Helicopters (NZ) Ltd, New Zealand

  29

2009 Nov 6
2010
MV Vladimir Ignatjuk
MV. Ivan Papanin
A S Airlift, Norway
L G International Corporation Korea
30

2010 Oct 14

MV Ivan Papanin
First Indian Expediton to South Pole

Deparure Maitri: 2010 Nov 13
Arrival South Pole: 2010 Nov 22
  31

2011
32

2012

Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012