Bulgarian naval research ship bound for Antarctica

site.btaDay 10: Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii Crosses into Western Hemisphere

Day 10: Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii Crosses into Western Hemisphere
Day 10: Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii Crosses into Western Hemisphere
Crossing the prime meridian (BTA Photo)

In the early hours on January 5, the Bulgarian naval research/survey vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (NAVAL RSV 421) was sailing at some 40 nautical miles east of the Spanish port of Cartagena, its first stop on its historic maiden voyage to Livingston Island to support the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition.

Around 0700 hours, NAVAL RSV 421 crossed the prime (Greenwich) meridian into the Western Hemisphere.

Around 1500 hours a local pilot is expected to board the ship and lead it into Cartagena harbor.

“The weather is fine, temperature around 15C and smooth sea. Ship traffic in Cartagena harbor is the heavy and everything is going according to plan,” the head of Navigational Department, Lt. Commander Hristo Hristov, told BTA.

Cartagena has been inhabited for over two millennia, being founded around 227 BC by the Carthaginian Hasdrubal the Fair as Qart Hadasht (meaning "New Town" in Phoenician), the same name as the original city of Carthage. The city had its heyday during the Roman Empire, when it was known as Carthago Nova (the New Carthage) and Carthago Spartaria, capital of the province of Carthaginensis.

BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on the ship to Livingston Island and back, and will cover the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout their stay in Antarctica. 

All media outlets can use the Bulgaria-Antarctica BTA's Log for free.

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