site.btaDay 48: RSV 421 to Enter Antarctic Region on Sunday
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (NAVAL RSV 421) will pass the 60th parallel late on Sunday Bulgarian time, Flotilla Admiral Prof. Boyan Mednikarov, Rector of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna, told BTA. He boarded the ship in Mar del Plata on its way to the Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island.
RSV 421 is cruising through the Drake Passage at a good speed of 9 knots in relatively favourable conditions. After it crosses the 60th parallel, the ship will enter the Antarctic geographical region.
Antarctica encompasses the continent of Antarctica as well as the waters and island groups of the Southern Ocean south of the Antarctic Convergence.
The Antarctic Convergence is the line encircling Antarctica where the southern cold Antarctic waters sink underneath the relatively warmer northern waters.
The vessel is expected to dock in the South Bay of Livingstone Island in the late afternoon of 13 February, after which the crew and Antarctic workers will immediately start unloading the ship.
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.
All media outlets can use the Bulgaria-Antarctica BTA's Log for free.