10 years „Neumayer III“ – On stilts in the permanent ice!
10 years ago – on February 19, 2009 – the German research station “Neumayer III” in the Antarctica was delivered to the Alfred Wegener Institute for polar and maritime research and officially inaugurated the following day. This event had been preceded by a two years period of construction, which was characterized by well thought-of engineering, excellently trained personnel and a logistical masterly performance in a working group of KAEFER Construction GmbH and J.H.K. Engineering GmbH & Co. KG. To compensate the yearly growth of snow and ice of 90 cm on average the station was put on 16 hydraulic bipods. This concept is so far unique for constructions on ice. 3,500 tons of material, construction machinery and equipment had to be transported by ship to the Antarctica. About 50 engineers and technicians contributed to the assembly in the Antarctica.
After 10 years we are proud to say: Neumayer III - an outstanding success story!