RSV 421 Research Ship Enters Antarctic Region
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (NAVAL RSV 421) passed the 60th parallel in Drake Passage late on Sunday and entered the Antarctic geographical region.
The ship's crew, Flotilla Admiral Boyan Mednikarov, Rector of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Lieutenant Commander Juan Nicolau of the Argentine Navy, the members of the Bulgarian Antarctic expedition and journalists on board gathered to congratulate each other on the occasion.
Antarctica encompasses the continent of Antarctica as well as the waters and island groups of the Southern Ocean south of the Antarctic Convergence.
The Antarctic Convergence is the line encircling Antarctica where the southern cold Antarctic waters sink underneath the relatively warmer northern waters.
The vessel is expected to dock in the South Bay of Livingstone Island in the late afternoon of 13 February, after which the crew and Antarctic workers will immediately start unloading the ship.
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.
All media outlets can use the Bulgaria-Antarctica BTA's Log for free.