Lübeck, 16th August, 2002

Seńor Jefe del Estado Mayor General de la Armada

Almirante Joaquín Edgardo STELLA
Edificio Libertad
Buenos Aires – Argentina
Dear Sir,

We are writing to you in respect of the gallant effort surrounding the recent escapades of your ice breaker, the ARA Almirante Irízar in her recent expedition to the Antarctic to attend to the requirements of our ship, the MV Magdalena Oldendorff.

First of all we would like to thank you very much for initially co-operating with us in all the combined efforts to free our MV Magdalena Oldendorff from the situation she found herself in at Muskegbukta bay in the Antarctic.

During very testing and arduous conditions the ARA Almirante Irízar more than proved to be a worthy vessel capable of reaching the MV Magdalena Oldendorff where supplies and provisions, including bunkers were delivered. In fact it is down to the ARA Almirante Irízar´s efforts that we are now able to over winter the MV Magdalena Oldendorff in a safe and controlled environment. We are of course receiving daily news from onboard the vessel and all is well.

We would then like to thank both, the commanding officer of the operation Captain Raúl Benmuyal and the Captain of the ARA Almirante Irízar, Commander Héctor Tavecchia and in their names, the entire crew of the ship who took part in this mission to the Antarctic. We fully realise what was involved and the natural risks that go with such a mission, indeed it is our opinion that all members aboard the ARA Almirante Irízar were very brave in undertaking the mission from the start and this is also greatly appreciated.

We have been informed by Captain Ivan Dikiy from onboard the MV Magdalena Oldendorff that all personnel from the ARA Almirante Irízar were very polite and professional in carrying out their duties and it became clear to Captain Dikiy that they also cared on a personal level which touched us deeply.

We would also like to express our appreciation to Lieutenant Juan Carlos Campana, the medical officer who was transferred from the ARA Almirante Irízar to the MV Magdalena Oldendorff so that he could look after the needs of the remaining crew members onboard. 

And finally, after reaching the open waters we would like to wish the ARA Almirante Irízar a safe journey back to Buenos Aires, they can all return as heroes in our eyes.



With personal thanks.
Henning Oldendorff
On behalf of Bandwidth Shipping Corp.