site.btaDay 39: Harbour Pilot, Tugboat to Assist in Docking Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii in Mar del Plata Port
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (NAVAL RSV 421) will be welcomed by a harbour pilot and a tugboat upon her arrival in Mar del Plata. "One mile east of Cabo Corrientes, a local pilot will board the ship via a pilot cutter. Once the NAVAL RSV 421 enters the port of Mar del Plata, her maneuvers will be assisted by a tugboat and she will dock at the naval base in the city," Lieutenant Commander Radko Muevski told BTA on Friday.
The vessel will arrive in Mar del Plata in the early afternoon of February 3 (Argentina's time zone relative to Coordinated Universal Time is -3 hours).
NAVAL RSV 421 is continuing on her course to the Argentinian port, her second stopover on her historic first voyage to Livingston Island in support of the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition. In Mar del Plata the ship will welcome on board four scientists from the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute and logisticians. She will also refuel and gather provisions for the rest of the journey.
Founded in 1874, Mar del Plata is the largest Argentinian seaside resort, also known for being a fishing centre.
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.
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