“It’s time to take another leap of modernization in science and technology; I’ll give immediate instructions to Cotecmar to open a process to have a polar research vessel characteristics. If Colombia has it taken the decision to have an Antarctic base, to continue bringing the country to this zone of peace, it is time to have and renew our oceanographic fleet, have as modern as possible within the capacity and technology and sophistication, “said Admiral Duran from Antarctica aboard the Colombian ship ARC 20 de Julio, already completed 50 days of polar mission.
It is a multipurpose vessel that will not be dedicated to polar missions, but also to develop capabilities in the tropics, which will allow the Navy and the Colombian scientific community to advance the study and development of disciplines such as oceanography, marine biology , hydrographic, meteorological, mapping and glaciology among others.
“Ours are vessels of a single axis, a single propeller, which have limited capacity and have a thickness of helmet to come to extreme conditions such as Antarctica is something else. Must be a modern ship with a lot of technology, efficient, economical, with the crew needed but with plenty of capacity to bring scientists, “said the admiral.
For three days a delegation headed by the commander of the Navy, Chief of International and Marine Interests Affairs and rectors of the University of Los Andes and EAFIT, entrepreneurs and Deputy Ministers of Defense, Anibal Fernandez de Soto and Foreign Foreign Patti Londoño, reviewed the scientific work done on board the ship ARC 20 July in Antarctica, and know first hand the experiences of countries like Argentina, Chile, Russia, Korea and China, after a visit to their bases.
“There are few countries that can actually get here and their own abilities, with an expression of what is their military industry, the naval case,” said Anibal Fernandez de Soto, Deputy Defense Minister for Policy and International Affairs.
For his part, Vice Admiral Juan Manuel Soltau, Head of International Affairs and Marine Interests of the Navy, said the will and decision of the Colombian government to project the construction of a scientific base in Antarctica is the next step for signature made Colombia Antarctic Treaty in 1989 and the Madrid Protocol in 1991, and after completing a necessary step and four own scientific expeditions with Colombian ships. |
“We’re in the big leagues of international scientific research with our ship ARC 20 de Julio, our Air Force aircraft, with our interceptadoras ships of the Navy,” said Vice Admiral Soltau.
The IV Scientific Expedition to Antarctica ‘Almirante Tono’, organized by the Colombian Commission of the Ocean and the Antarctic Colombian Program, aboard the ARC July 20, -made by the Corporation of Science and Technology for Development of the Naval Maritime Industry and Fluvial (Cotecmar) -, attended by 70 crew of the Navy, 44 researchers, 23 institutions, five allied countries and 25 international cooperation in research projects.