September 18, 2020 (Google Translation) – This afternoon, the Minister of Defense, Agustín Rossi, together with the Chief of the General Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Julio Horacio Guardia and the Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, Brigadier General Juan Martín Paleo, toured the transport ship ARA “Canal Beagle”, after having carried out general maintenance tasks in said shipyard for 105 days for the 2020/21 Antarctic Summer Campaign.
Present were the Secretary for Research, Industrial Policy and Production for Defense, Daniela Castro; the Undersecretary of Operational Planning and Defense Logistics Service, Lucia Kersul; the president of Tandanor, Miguel Tudino; and the members of the board of directors, Marcial Irigotia and Antonio Cerdera.
During his speech, Minister Rossi highlighted: “It is a nice opportunity to meet in Tandanor, a shipyard that for us represents a lot in the area of the Defense jurisdiction and it is also a good opportunity to claim the task carried out by the Argentine Navy. ”.
He continued his words referring to the repair that was made in the “Beagle Channel” “… a ship that is traditionally destined for the Antarctic campaign; a transport ship that has its years of history, since it participated in the Malvinas War, and that after so many years needed a comprehensive repair, which meant an important investment that was made between the Argentine Navy and the Ministry of Defense, so that it is in the necessary conditions to continue fulfilling the different operational missions assigned to it by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Argentine Navy ”.
The work carried out consisted of the replacement of hull plates, general painting, valve travel and replacement, tasks on the propellers and rudder blades, coating of the main engines’ exhausts and tank cleaning.
The ARA «Canal de Beagle», dependent on the Naval Transport Command, has extensive logistical capacities for the transport of cargo in general, in bulk, containers, pallets and vehicles. It has a staff of 52 crew members under the command of Lieutenant Commander Ulises Gastón Hoyos, who are getting ready to participate as a logistics bridge within the framework of the Antarctic Summer Campaign 2020-2021.