site.btaDay 40: NAVAL RSV 421 Supplied Fuel and Water at Mar del Plata Port
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (NAVAL RSV 421) was supplied fuel and water at the port of Mar del Plata. The process is called bunkering. The Argentine port is the vessel's second stopover on its way to its home Antarctic base on Livingston Island.
The crew was given a formal welcome by a military band.
The official guests included Flotilla Admiral Boyan Mednikarov, Rector of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna (on the Black Sea), Bulgaria's Ambassador to Argentina Stoyan Mihaylov, and Rear Admiral Marcelo Tarapow, Director General of Education and Preparation of the Argentine Navy and participant in 12 polar expeditions to Antarctica, as well as scientists from the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute.
Tarapow and Mihaylov boarded the ship. Also on board is pilot Juan Nicolau who will help the crew navigate the ship through the polar waters to Livingston and back to Mar del Plata.
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, who will cover the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout the stay in Antarctica.
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