site.btaDay 75: RSV 421 Delegation Visits Ukrainian Icebreaker Noosfera
A few hours before the Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) left the Chilean port of Punta Arenas, the ship's Commanding Officer Nikolay Danailov, accompanied by the head of logistics and science at the National Centre for Polar Studies, Dragomir Mateev, and Bulgarian Antarctic Base Commander Kamen Nedkov, visited the Ukrainian polar supply and research icebreaker Noosfera, which had docked there.
Third Mate Yevhen Prykladov and Third Mechanic Kyrylo Salamatin showed the visitors around the Noosfera, after which the Bulgarians were welcomed by Commanding Officer Oleksandr Gryshko at the bridge. The sides discussed opportunities for future logistical cooperation between the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute and the National Antarctic Scientific Centre of Ukraine. The commanding officer of the Bulgarian ship thanked his Ukrainian counterpart for his hospitality and presented him with an icon of St Nicholas the Miracle-Maker, the patron saint of sailors.
The icebreaker Noosfera is the flagship of the Ukrainian research fleet. In 2021, it was acquired by the National Antarctic Scientific Centre under the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, which bought it from the British Antarctic Survey for about USD 5 million. Its British name was RRS James Clark Ross.
The Ukrainian name Noosfera is derived from the concept of noosphere, developed and popularized by Ukrainian mineralogist and geochemist Volodymyr Vernadsky, who was the first president of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. Vernadsky defined the noosphere as the sphere of interaction between society and nature. Vernadsky has lent his name to the Ukrainian Antarctic Research Base on Galindez Island.
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 covered the Bulgarian expedition throughout its stay in Antarctica.
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