site.btaDay 56: RSV 421 Unloads the Rest of Materials for Spanish Station on Deception Island
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421), which provides support for the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition, weighed anchor from the inner bay of Deception Island at 0800 hrs local time on February 20 and headed back to the St. Kliment Ohridski Bulgarian polar base on the neighbouring Livingston Island. This is the second trip to Deception Island that RSV 421 has made in just a few days to unload the rest of the materials for Spain's Gabriel de Castilla Polar Station.
This work should have been carried out in the late hours of February 18, but bad weather in the area prevented the unloading. In the end, the Bulgarian ship successfully delivered to the Spanish base tonnes of cement, food and various supplies and equipment. The materials were transported by RSV 421 from Spain to Antarctica as part of long-standing cooperation between the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute and the Spanish one.
At 1000 hrs on February 20, NIC 421 set sail for Livingston Island in favourable weather.
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 covering the Bulgarian expedition throughout its stay in Antarctica.
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