site.btaDay 93: Sv Sv Kiril I Metodii 750 Nautical Miles Away from Equator
The Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) continues her return journey after her successful participation in the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic expedition on Livingston Island. At 11 pm ship time on March 29 (midnight EET on March 30), the vessel was on a bearing of 55 degrees (northeast), 750 nautical miles away from the Equator, the Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Radko Muevski, told BTA.
The ship was sailing at a speed of 9 knots in not particularly favourable weather conditions - a headwind of 8.5 metres per second and a swell of 4 degrees.
RSV 421 is heading to the next intermediate stop on her route - the Spanish city of Cartagena, where she should arrive by the middle of April. There, a group of 24 cadets from the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy (NVNA) will board the vessel to conduct a 10-day sailing practice. After sailing off the Spanish city, the ship will stop in Piraeus, Greece where the mutual cooperation of NVNA and the Greek Naval Academy will be discussed. The vessel is expected to reach home at the end of April.
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 on site throughout its stay in Antarctica.
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