October 24, 2018 (Google Translation) – During the celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2018, the ARC ship “Gloria” has traveled more than 20,500 nautical miles in 18 ports of 11 countries, after having completed two arduous cadet training cruises and participated in “Velas Latinoamérica 2018”. This time the turn was for 68 children who are preparing to visit for the first time the Wildlife and Flora Sanctuary “Malpelo”, as it passes through the Colombian Pacific.
The flagship ship sailed on October 15 from the Golden Gate of Colombia (Barranquilla) with the boys of the Naval School of Noncommissioned Officers, visited the port of Balboa in Panama and at this moment they sail to the ports of Guayaquil and Manta in Ecuador, within the training process of the future sailors of Colombia.
The Ambassador of Colombia in the seas of the world arrived at the Wildlife and Flora Sanctuary of Malpelo, located 500 kilometers west of the port of Buenaventura, where the National Navy has a permanent presence in this area of the country, through an Advanced Naval Post and in which the students will have the opportunity to know first-hand the functions of this important position, as well as to appreciate this rocky archipelago considered to be the ninth largest marine protected area in the world.
It is worth mentioning that in 2012 Malpelo was recognized as an especially sensitive marine area before the International Maritime Organization, OMI. By resolution 1907 of September 14, 2017, the extension of the Fauna and Flora Sanctuary is conceived in 2,700 million marine hectares. In 2006 it was declared a ‘World Heritage Site’ by UNESCO for its unusual characteristics and the great variety of species that inhabit it, among which stand out: corals, lizards, crabs, more than 60 species of birds and more than 200 species of fish such as the hammerhead shark.