Today, March 1, at 5 pm, and after 75 days of navigation, the 96 crew members who were aboard the ARC 20 de Julio as part of the III Scientific Expedition of Colombia to Antarctica “Almirante Padilla”, which will be framed in the history of Colombia and the Colombian Antarctic Program.
During a military ceremony presided by Mr. Admiral Leonardo Santamaría Gaitán, Commander of the National Navy, this group of men and women will be welcomed at the dock of the Naval Base ARC “Bolivar”, of the city of Cartagena.
– More than 14.000 nautical miles navigated: capacity building and procedures for navigation in Patagonian channels, Antarctic waters and floating ice (extreme conditions).
– Support to Antarctic Science: capacity and commitment of the country to environmental care and knowledge generation in Antarctica as one of the main global climate regulators in the current scenario of climate change, with incidence in Colombia.
– Use of the operational trinomial of the Navy: Ship, Helicopter and Coast Guard unit, which contributed to the development of scientific research and logistical support to other countries in Antarctica.
– Participation in international scenarios: promoting integral maritime security and training human resources with global cooperation standards.
– Generation of Nautical Charts: bathymetric surveying capacity as information for safe navigation of logistic, oceanographic and tourist vessels in Antarctica. Contribution of Colombia to the International Hydrographic Organization, strengthening the country in international scenarios.
– Diving, sailing and soldering procedures in icy waters.
– Humpback whale watching: study of whale populations and their connection to Colombia and Antarctica.
– Strengthening of the databases of the Permanent Commission of the South Pacific – CPPS on Marine Biodiversity.
– International cooperation: scientific and logistical exchanges with the bases “Carlini” and “Primavera” of Argentina, Prat, González Videla and Yelcho of Chile, “Maldonado” of Ecuador, “Juan Carlos I” and “Gabriel de Castilla” of Spain and “Palmer” of States, which allowed to strengthen the image of the Colombian Antarctic Program.
– Scientific research: sampling and information necessary to allow the advance of the 19 research projects planned for this research cruise.
The National Navy will continue to carry out this type of scientific expeditions, in order to show the world its high levels of research and its commitment to the conservation and protection of the environment in favor of humanity.