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The Oceanographic Research Ship ‘Hespérides’ assists a sailboat off Livingstone Island.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017


After dropping anchor in the vicinity of the Spanish Antarctic Base ‘Juan Carlos I’ in Livingstone Island, the oceanographic research ship (BIO in its Spanish initials) ‘Hespérides’ proceeded to assist a vessel in distress, the Dutch sailboat ‘Geluk’.

While providing logistic support to the Spanish Base the weather changed all of a sudden with winds reaching force 8 and strong gusts. The unloading operation was cancelled until the weather improved.

Near the Base, the Dutch sailboat ‘Geluk’ with eight people on board requested assistance, as the boat was unable to face the challenging weather conditions. The ‘Hespérides’ proceeded to the area towing the sailboat and sailing under the protection of the island to ride out the storm in the Southern Bay.

Next day, the weather conditions improved and the sailboat could safely proceed towards Ushuaia, her next port of call and the ‘Hespérides’ continued with the logistic support operation in the Spanish Antarctic Bases.

Oceanographic Research Ship ‘Hespérides’ (A-33)

The A-33 is the only Spanish ship purposely designed to carry out multidisciplinary scientific research activities in all world seas and oceans. In the year 2007, and under the auspices of the UN, the ‘Hespérides’ took part in the celebrations of the International Polar Year conducting a scientific campaign in the Arctic Sea.

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