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Fourth Group of 32nd Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition to Depart Friday to Buenos Aires

The fourth group of the 32nd Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition will depart on Friday, January 26, from Terminal 2 of Sofia Airport on an ITA flight to Rome and Buenos Aires, said Bulgarian Antarctic Institute Chair and head of the expedition Christo Pimpirev on Thursday.

The group includes expedition Pimpirev, doctor Sevdalina Mihailova, the geologists Assoc. Prof. Docho Dochev and Assoc. Prof. Lyubomir Metodiev, who will implement a scientific project in the field of paleontology, Iglika Trifonova and Lyubov Kostova – on a scientific and educational project, and journalist Maria Cherneva from the Bulgarian National Television.

In Buenos Aires the group will split up – the geologists will continue to Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas, from where they will fly to King George Island on a flight chartered by the Portuguese Antarctic Programme. King Goerge Island is adjacent to Livingstone Island where the Bulgarian Antarctic Station is located.

The rest of the group in Buenos Aires will be joined by Bulgaria’s Ambassador to Argentina Stoyan Mihailov, Flotilla Admiral Boyan Mednikarov, head of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, and Bulgarian News Agency Director General Kiril Valchev. They will fly to Rio Gallegos, from where they will also reach Punta Arenas by bus. From there they will travel to King George Island on a flight chartered by the Portuguese Antarctic Programme.

All participants will cover the last leg of the route between King George and Livingston Islands on board the Bulgarian naval research vessel Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii (RSV 421) which has been sailing in the archipelago of the South Shetland Islands since the beginning of the year.

As BTA reported, the first group of the 32nd Bulgarian Antarctic Expedition departed on December 27, 2023 for Ushuaia, Argentina. It traveled by flight from Sofia Airport’s Terminal 2.

The second group of the Bulgarian Antarctic expedition left Sofia on December 29 last year, while the third one departed on January 7.

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During the 32nd Bulgarian expedition to Antarctica, which started on November 8, 2023, the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) is publishing video interviews with Antarctic researchers. Video journalist Emil Granicharov, Senior Editor at BTA, will document the work of the researchers in video diaries. BTA presents all scientific projects with videos, photos and texts prepared before the scientists’ departure.

The Bulgaria-Antarctica BTA’s Log again provides coverage of the voyage of the Sv. Sv. Kiril i Metodii to Antarctica and back and its stay there, as it did during the 31st expedition between December 27, 2022 and May 2, 2023. Back then, only BTA had a correspondent, Daily News Editor Konstantin Karagyozov, who covered the 127-day expedition with text, video and photos during the entire voyage (including across the Atlantic in both directions) and throughout the stay in Antarctica. In June 2023, BTA published in Bulgarian and in English an issue of its LIK magazine “To Antarctica and Back under the Bulgarian Flag” dedicated to the historic expedition. 

All of BTA’s information on the Bulgarian scientific research in Antarctica and the support provided by the Bulgarian naval research vessel, as well as on the other activities at the Bulgarian Antarctic Base, will be available to all media outlets in Bulgarian and in English on BTA’s website in the Bulgaria – Antarctica: BTA’s Log section.

BTA has a National Press Club on board the ship and is planning to open a National Press Club at the Bulgarian Antarctic Base on Livingston Island.