Argentine expedition operator Antarpply Expeditions this month has appointed Greg Carter as Chief Commercial Officer. Carter was previously CCO for Albatros Expeditions for the past two years.
Antarpply Expeditions is a small, boutique offering that has been in operation since 2002, and is considered one of the pioneers of expedition cruising.
Carter’s appointment comes as Antarpply Expeditions prepares for the launch of its 2023/24 Antarctic season this week having just completed a full refurbishment of its sole vessel, MV Ushuaia.
MV Ushuaia is one of the only remaining expedition class vessels still operating with fewer than 90 passengers. With new hard and soft furnishings across all decks including the lounges, dining room and cabins, the vessel is ready to welcome guests departing from Ushuaia for the Antarctic season.
The refurbishment has been initiated as one of the first projects by the new owners following completion by the shareholders of the recent transfer of the company.
Teo Gounaris, Chairman, says “Our shareholders and Board of Directors look back on more than 25 successful years in the international shipping business and the Group are delighted to have acquired the MV Ushuaia and Antarpply Expeditions. Our team of highly qualified professionals with vast experience in ship management are committed to safe and environmentally responsible travel to Antarctica and to continue providing the best possible service.”
Ute Hohn-Bowen, part owner and director of the business, will retire from the company on 31 December 2023, replaced by Carter commencing 1 January 2024.
Carter brings over 20 years of experience in the industry, which includes his time as Co-Founder of Chimu Adventures. Carter’s first voyage to Antarctica was on board MV Ushuaia in 2007.
“It hasn’t been the easiest decision but, after almost 20 years at Antarpply, I am announcing my retirement,” Hohn-Bowen said earlier this month.
“Antarctica changed my life. From my first expedition in 1992 on board a small Russian ship to management positions with well-known Polar expedition companies in both the Arctic and Antarctica, then joining Antarpply in 2004.”
“It has been a privilege and honour to help build and develop the business and I am delighted to be handing it over into the capable hands of Teo Gounaris and Greg Carter. I am certain the future will be bright for Antarpply and they will continue to show Antarctica in the best, most responsible manner.”
On his appointment, Carter said, “I have had the privilege of working with Ute as a client since 2006, and I am committed to continuing in her footsteps. Ute is truly an inspiration and has had a big impact on my career, I can only hope to continue what she has worked so hard to build.
“Ute has built many productive and long-lasting relationships for the business and is one of the pioneers of travel to the Antarctic. She will be sadly missed by the whole team at Antarpply,” he said.