site.btaLast Group from 31st Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition Departs for Livingston Island
The last group of the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition departed for Livingston Island from Sofia Airport early Saturday. Members of the group are logistics manager from the National Centre for Polar Research Dragomir Mateev, microbiologists Petya Orozova and Snezhana Rusinova-Videva, ichthyologist Tihomir Stefanov, soil scientist Chavdar Zhelev, logistician-builder Nevyan Simeonov and logisitican-field assistance Alexander Nedyalkov. The expedition will end in the first half of March.
The last group will fly with civil aviation on the route Sofia - Amsterdam - Santiago de Chile - Punta Arenas. In Punta Arenas, a Chilean port on the shores of the Strait of Magellan, the group will board a special flight on a plane chartered by the Portuguese Antarctic Programme, specifically for logistical support to programmes from other countries, to King George Island, which is adjacent to Livingstone Island. There they will be met by the Bulgarian naval research ship - RSV 421, which will take them, together with Spanish polar explorers, to Livingstone Island, where the Bulgarian and Spanish Antarctic bases are located.