ARC 20 de Julio Begins Antarctic Mission

November 20, 2018 (Google Translation) – On November 20, he started from Barranquilla, the fifth scientific crossing from Colombia to Antarctica, organized by the Colombian Antarctic Program; named “Admiral Campos”, which will take place in the austral summer 2018-2019. This is how from the Great Malecón del Río Magdalena, at the height of the Events Center of the Golden Gate of Colombia and the Caribbean, in the framework of a ceremony presided over by the President of the Republic, Doctor Iván Duque Márquez,

The scientific expedition takes course of the hand of the logistical capacities that provide the platforms of the Ship ARC “20 of Julio”, in which they settled: a oceanographic mobile laboratory (LOMA) and a mobile oceanographic platform (PMO) of the General Direction Maritime, a Defender Coastguard boat, two Zodiac-type boats and a Bell 412 naval helicopter. It is also expected that the Colombian Air Force will provide the support required for operations with the C-130 Hercules aircraft.

The fifth expedition of Colombia to the white continent, will have the participation of 70 crew members and 35 researchers, among which four will be international guests, affiliated to the Antarctic and / or Armed Programs of Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Turkey, who will advance in together with Colombian researchers, field activities of 21 research projects. This is how 21 scientists will work on board the ship ARC “20 de Julio” and the remaining 14 will carry out their activities in collaboration with the Antarctic Programs of Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Spain, Peru and Uruguay, in benefit of the protection of Antarctica and the environment of the planet.

The projects to be developed will be related to maritime integral security, Antarctic logistics, geology and oceanography, biology and microbiology, climate change and climate evolution, adaptations to the Antarctic environment, valuation and use of biological resources, thus aligning with the research branches of the Committee. Scientific for Antarctic Research, SCAR: Geosciences, Physical Sciences and Life Sciences, fundamental for the understanding of the Antarctic environment and its constant changes as a result of global warming and the affectation of man on the planet earth.