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Hesperides returns to port after almost six months of Artic campaign (23/05/2017)

The dock of the Arsenal of Cartagena had in the morning of Wednesday a special atmosphere.

A crowd crowded there waiting for relatives, those who had not seen for months.

They were the parents, mothers, sisters and brothers, sons, husbands, wives and partners of the crew of the Oceanic Research Ship of the Hespérides Navy, which returned to its base today after almost six months in a new Antarctic campaign, In its XXX edition.

After the docking maneuver, in which the ship was received with military marches performed by the band, it would be the moment of the greeting and reception of the authorities.

The admiral of Maritime Action, Manuel de la Puente Mora-Figueroa, the chief admiral of the Arsenal of Cartagena, Aniceto Rosique, the mayor of the city, José López, the Secretary General of Science and Innovation, Juan María Vázquez , The Government delegate in the Region, Antonio Sánchez-Solís de Querol, the President of the Autonomous Community, Fernando López Miras, the Minister of Presidency and Promotion, Pedro Rivera, and the spokesperson and councilor for Transparency and Participation, Noelia Arroyo.

The authorities acceded to the ship and visited their facilities, where they were able to catch up on the work done by their crew in these months and the progress they have made in their work during the XXX Antarctic Campaign, where they have developed a total Of 17 scientific projects, including the study of the effects of climate change, research on geodynamics in the South Islands of volcanic origin, the displacement of some invasive species from their habitat to the Antarctic continent due to the arrival of Other invasive species such as humans and the development of the European navigation system 'Galileo', among others, as well as other logistical support tasks for the Spanish scientific bases of Antarctica 'Gabriel de Castilla' and 'Juan Carlos I'.

After the official photo of the authorities next to the crew in the bow of the ship arrived the most awaited moment.

Nerves gave way to excitement, and the tender scenes of reunion between family members followed each other, with the girls and boys running around with their arms wide open in the direction of their fathers and mothers as they disembarked.

Hugs, kisses ... and many tears of joy;

Moments of great emotion, as when one of the crew has been able to meet his daughter, who had not yet been born when she sailed.

It is just one of many private stories among the 68 people who were aboard the 'Hesperides'.

The vessel will now make a technical stop and in two weeks will sail again, this time towards the waters of the Canary Islands, to carry out studies there to, among other things, update the background maps.

The new Antarctic campaign is scheduled for approximately November.

The event concluded with a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the Manchester attack that has been kept with rigor and respect.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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