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30th Antarctic Campaign

The Oceanographic Research Ship ‘Hespérides’ returns to Cartagena after participating in the 30th Spanish Antarctic Campaign.
During the nearly six-month deployment, the ship has conducted 17 research projects.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017


The oceanographic research ship (BIO in its Spanish initials) ‘Hespérides’ has just returned to her home port in Cartagena (SE Spain) after successfully concluding the 30th Spanish Antarctic campaign, where 17 scientific projects have been carried out with financial assistance from the R&D Department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry and Competitiveness.

The ‘Hespérides’ has been more than five and a half months out of her base embarking, in different scheduled rotations, more than 200 scientists and technicians from 15 nations. All activities were coordinated by the Spanish Polar Committee.

Scientists from several universities and research centers carried out 17 projects including collection of samples to study and monitor climate change parameters. Other projects were managed and supervised by scientific institutions from Portugal, Colombia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Apart from the scientific activities, the ‘Hespérides’ has also contributed to provide logistic support to 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. Her complement consists of 62 men and women currently under command of Cdr. Aurelio Fernández. Apart from her own crew, the ship can accommodate up to 37 scientists and technicians.

Spanish Antarctic Campaign

The Spanish Antarctic Campaign, coordinated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry and Competitiveness and the Spanish Polar Committee, is a model of R&D cooperation between different public and private institutions working in the State Plan for Scientific, Technological and Innovative Research.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry and Competitiveness contributes to the campaign financing part of the costs of the Spanish bases, the expenses derived from operating the ship and some of the scientific projects

In this campaign, participating institutions included the Marine Technology Unit of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) which manages the ‘Juan Carlos I’ Base in Livingston Island; the Spanish Army which runs the ‘Gabriel de Castilla’ Base in Deception Island; and the Spanish Navy which provides the oceanographic research ship ‘Hespérides’.

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