2000 Ross Dependency - Transport on Ice

Transport on the Ice includes six stamps and a first day cover that depicts the rugged nature of the Antarctic terrain and the transportation challenges.

Issue information

The RNZAF C130 Hercules (40c) is primarily used to carry people and cargo to and from Antarctica. This aircraft takes approximately seven hours flying time from Christchurch to McMurdo. Unlike the Hercules, the Squirrel Helicopter ($1.50) is used to transport personnel and cargo over short distances within Antarctica. Both the Hagglunds BV206 All Terrain Carrier (80c) and the ASV Track Truck ($1.20) are effective modes of transportation on sea ice. Like the ASV Track Truck, the Tracked 4 x 4 Motorbike’s ($1.10) tracker system increases its capability for working on soft snow by decreasing the ground pressure of the vehicle. The ASV Track Truck is also ideal for safely crossing small crevasses whereas the Tracked 4 x 4 Motorbike is the prime mover for small trailers and sledges around Scott Base. The Elan Skidoo ($1.80) is also considered to be the local transport on snow, and is sometimes used for remote party fieldwork because it is light and can be easily transported by small aircraft.

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Technical information

Date of Issue: 4 November 2000
Designer: Sea Sky Design, Paraparaumu, New Zealand
Printer: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand
Stamp Size: 30mm x 40mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps
Process: Lithography
Perforation Gauge: 14
Paper Type: 103 gsm red phosphor coated