site.btaDay 47: RSV 421 Enters Drake Passage
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (NAVAL RSV 421) entered Drake Passage at 6:56 a.m. local time (11:56 a.m. Eastern European time) on February 11, the ship's head of navigation, Lieutenant Commander Hristo Hristov told BTA.
RSV 421 crossed the 56th parallel, passing the latitude at which Cape Horn is located - the southernmost point of continental South America. The vessel maintained a good average speed of 9.5 knots towards a course of 145 degrees.
Hristov added that the ship will approach so as to circumnavigate the South Shetland Islands from the East and pass through the Bransfield Strait, which divides the archipelago from the Antarctic mainland, to reach the South Bay of Livingstone Island and Emona Bay, where the Bulgarian St. Kliment Ohridski Antarctic base is located.
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.
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