March 17, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Hydrographic Research Ship (NPqHo) “Vital de Oliveira” untied on March 12, after the 14 quarantine days and other security protocols against Covid-19 had been completed, towards the Elevation of Rio Grande (ERG), an important region in the southeastern end of the Blue Amazon. During the commission, two multibeam echo sounders, sub-bottom profiler and magnetometer will be used to increase knowledge about the ERG.
The teams of the Geological Survey of Brazil (SGB-CPRM) and the Survey Plan for the Brazilian Continental Platform (LEPLAC) are on board, whose objective is to identify and assess the mineral potential of areas of economic and political-strategic importance for Brazil and to establish, in its legal focus, the limit of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 miles from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), in accordance with the criteria established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), signed and ratified by Brazil.
Also participating in the commission are nine undergraduate and graduate students from different geoscience courses from the following institutions: University of São Paulo, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and University of Brasília. The action contributes to the education and training of future professionals, in addition to strengthening ties between the Navy and renowned institutions.
In addition to the 14 days of isolation on the ship, 25 days of sea will be completed at a distance of 1,500 kilometers from the coast, demanding professionalism and a maritime spirit from the military, who carry out the mission of extending Brazilian scientific research to more distant regions in the Blue Amazon.