Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute in Antarctic Campaign “ANTAR XXVI”

February 7, 2019 (Google Translation) – The second part of the Antarctic oceanographic campaign ANTAR XXVI began on January 27th from Punta Arenas ( Chile ), which will see the Bap Carrasco ship of the Peruvian Navy engaged in research activities in the Bransfield Strait, south of the Shetland Islands .

On board the ship Bap Carrasco the frigate captain Maurizio Demarte , head of marine geophysics and oceanography at the Navy Hydrographic Institute.

The presence of the on-board oceanographer specialist is the result of an international cooperation program that the Italian Navy has with the Peruvian Navy, in particular between the two hydrographic institutes for a mutual exchange of knowledge and job opportunities.

The experience of the Commander Demarte in the two Arctic High North17 and High North18 expeditions , as part of the research program in the Arctic of the Navy called HIGH NORTH, is a mutual exchange of knowledge and conduct of activities in extreme environments.

On board the Bap Carrasco ship, commanded by the “Capitan de Navio” Rafael Benavente Donayre with a crew of 65 soldiers, there are 45 researchers of different scientific backgrounds and nationalities, of which only 22 remained for the activities at sea, while the remaining ones they are operating at the Machu Picchu ground base .

The research activities that have just begun include hydro-oceanographic surveys, geomorphological and morphodynamic studies of the Bransfield strait area , as well as the geological and geophysical characterization of the seamount arca, a submarine volcano of particular interest.

This activity will be a comparison and growth opportunity for both the Marine and the respective hydrographic institutes for a more and more extensive cooperation and collaboration with a sharing of activities and joint scientific research programs.

The Bap Carrasco ship is a recently constructed oceanographic research vessel, ICE-CLASS 07, delivered to the Peruvian navy in March 2017. It is equipped with equipped laboratories and the latest technology to operate in the ice with a dynamic positioning system. , two portals, one side and the other aft, winches for operations at high depths, cores, ROV with capacity to operate up to 1000 meters, two AUV HUGIN 3000 configured for geophysical and hydrographic surveys, modern multi-beam acoustic sounders integrated with subbottom profiler for fund prospecting and marine background up to 11000 meters depth.