Prof. Hristo Pimpirev: On their next expedition, Bulgarian scientists will have to reach Antarctica by sailboat12 October 2017 | 13:38 | FOCUS News Agency
This expedition is the first to work on the National Antarctic Programme adopted by a decision of the Council of Ministers.
Bulgarian polar explorers have faced a lot of challenges with transport this year as Bulgaria does not have its own logistics and relies on reaching the island of Livingston, where the Bulgarian polar base is located, by ships of other countries. "For the past quarter century, we have been using the vessel graciously offered by the Spaniards, whose base in Antarctica is next to ours. But this year they have a problem with their main ship and we had to look for another means of transportation. We will fly on Hercules, Brazilian military aircraft, to King George Island. The problem is how to get from there to Livingston Island. Just a few days ago we got in touch with an Australian ship, which is basically a sailing yacht. Getting to Antarctica on such a boat is a risky event. But in order for our National Antarctic Programme and scientific projects to run, we will be forced to get to the base by sailboat in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean,” said Professor Pimpirev.
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