site.btaDay 57: Bulgarian Antarctic Base Team, Ship Crew Resume Unloading at Livingston Island
The Bulgarian Antarctic base logistics team and the crew of the naval research ship Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) resumed its unloading at the Bulgarian St Kliment Ohridski Antarctic base on Livingston Island. In the late afternoon on February 21, weather conditions normalised after wind gusts in South Bay had reached gusts of 20-25 m/s earlier in the day, making fieldwork impossible.
Pallets of cement and sand, a metal press, a water treatment plant, a container for household needs, plumbing pipes and sandwich panels were removed from the ship by an on-board crane. These were placed on a pontoon raft, which was floated ashore off the base with the help of two boats moored on either side of it. The operation lasted about four hours and was successful.
Because of the earlier delay due to bad weather, a small part of the equipment intended for the St Kliment Ohridski base remained on board RSV 421. The unloading is expected to be completed on February 22, weather conditions permitting.
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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