site.btaDay 62: Part of Bulgarian Antarctic Base Scrap Loaded Aboard RSV 421
The scrap clearing operation on the beach in front of the Bulgarian Antarctic base St Kliment Ohridski on Livingston Island continues. On 26 February, some of the scrap metal was loaded on board the the Bulgarian Navy research/survey vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421), which is supporting the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic expedition.
A pontoon raft towed by two boats carried two diesel generators for electricity, a snowmobile, and about 50 compressed barrels. In recent years, due to the lack of their own transport for return transport, a large amount of scrap metal has accumulated during native Antarctic expeditions, including old fuel storage drums for the base, diesel-electricity generators and batteries whose life cycle has ended, propane-butane storage bottles, and others.
Since February 23, Bulgarian Antarctic workers and the military crew of RSV 421 have been working as a team, compressing the metal waste to prepare it for transportation on the ship. Thus, five barrels can be compressed to the approximate size of one. This will allow a larger quantity of waste to be transported and treated at a later stage outside the boundaries of Livingston Island and Antarctica, so that there is no ecological footprint on the pristine nature there.
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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