site.btaDay 68: RSV 421 Heads Back to Bulgaria
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421), part of the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition, anchored at 01.30 am on March 5 local time from the South Bay of Livingston Island, where the Bulgarian polar research base St Kliment Ohridski is located.
RSV 421 has on board the last 26 Bulgarian Antarctic crew members, who have made preparations for winterization of the base. Various machinery, equipment and provisions were stored to avoid being exposed to the harsh weather conditions in Antarctica during the coming winter there.
From Livingston Island, RSV 421 will hold course for Punta Arenas in Chile, where it will drop off the Bulgarian polar explorers, who will return to Bulgaria by plane after several stopovers from South America. From Punta Arenas the ship and crew will head back through the Strait of Magellan to Mar del Plata in Argentina, from where they will head back across the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Aegean, Sea of Marmara and Black Sea to Varna.
BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back, and will cover the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout the stay in Antarctica.
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