site.btaDay 118: RSV 421 Crosses Ionian Sea
In the evening hours of April 23, the Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) crossed the Ionian Sea along its southern boundary with the Mediterranean, sailing eastwards. RSV 421 is following its route to Piraeus, Greece, the last port of call before returning home to the Bulgarian port city of Varna (on the Black Sea) and fully completing its participation in the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic expedition to Livingston Island.
RSV 421 is maintaing a course of 88° with an average speed of 9.5 - 10 knots in good weather conditions. After about 150 nautical miles, the ship will make a slight turn to go around the Peloponnese from the South, passing between the Greek mainland and the island of Kythira.
During RSV 421's stay in the Greek port of Piraeus, a two-day discussion will take place about the opportunities for cooperation between the naval academies of Bulgaria and Greece. The ship will stay in Greece from 25 to 29 April. Sv. Kiril i Metodii is scheduled to complete its sailing on May 2, when it will dock at the Varna naval station.
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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