06 de abril de 2020
English - News

Food, supplies, fuel being sent to Antarctica on Uruguayan ship

Montevideo, Jan 13 (efe-epa).- Loaded with 35 tons of cargo including food, spare parts and some 160,000 liters (42,270 gallons) of fuel to resupply the Artigas Antarctica Scientific Base (BCAA), the Uruguayan naval vessel ROU Vanguardia 26 set sail on Monday from Montevideo en route to the continent at the bottom of the world.

On the first leg of the journey, the vessel, with 77 crewmembers, will head for Punta Arenas, Chile, where it is scheduled to arrive on Friday, after which it will continue south toward Antarctica.

During its stay in Chile - retired Rear Adm. Manuel Burgos, the director of the Uruguayan Antarctic Institute (IAU), told EFE - the ship will take on a 6-kilowatt wind generator.

"The idea is for us - within a short time - to have a wind power park (at the base) like Uruguay, which has an energy grid of 98 percent renewable energy, and it didn't make sense on the base where we should be taking account of the ecological issue for us to always be using fossil fuels," he said.

In addition, Burgos emphasized that the ship's cargo also includes State Sanitary Works material that will be used to effect "a change in water management" at the BCAA.

Finally, the IAU director mentioned the trip to be made by the Uruguayan air force's Hercules cargo plane during the second phase of the Antarctic Mission 2019-2020 and on which besides taking military personnel to the base will also carry scientists and two journalists from EFE.

"We were big pushers of all the (information) dissemination projects. There are three projects that this summer campaign will include: Agencia EFE, Engineering Department regarding creating audiovisuals, and a person from Universidad ORT - Uruguay's largest private university - who's going to do a Google 'Street View' project so that people can virtually tour the area around the Antarctic base and the base itself," he said.

Meanwhile, Vanguardia commander Artigas Zorrilla, spoke with reporters about the trip the ship is undertaking on Monday.

"The weather, the farther south you go, is more changeable, and what we're seeing in effect is three or four days in advance. The prediction we have up to Punta Arenas is that the first few days are going to be good and coming to the strait it could get a bit choppy, but nothing that's not expected in the South Atlantic," he said.

EFE will be accompanying the mission to the BCAA for 11 days after receiving an invitation in 2019 from the IAU to promote the dissemination of information about the activities that are under way there.



Histórico de noticias
Mexican Indians challenge quarantine with Holy Week procession

San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico, Apr 5 (efe-epa).- About 300 members of Mexico's Tzotzil Indian tribe on Sunday challenged the nationwide quarantine...

US: Coming week to be like Pearl Harbor, 9/11 in terms of death tally

Washington, Apr 5 (efe-epa).- The United States will find that this coming week will be "our Pearl Harbor moment, ... our 9/11 moment" regarding the...

Colombian fashion designer producing facemasks for coronavirus crisis

By Ruth E. Hernandez Beltran

Coronavirus pandemic pummeling Mexican tourism sector

By Pedro Pablo Cortes and Lourdes Cruz

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: April 2

Miami Desk, Apr 2 (efe-epa).- Here is a roundup of stories from around the world related to the coronavirus pandemic:

Democratic National Convention postponed until August due to coronavirus

Washington, Apr 2 (efe-epa).- The Democratic Party decided on Thursday to postpone by more than a month its national convention - at which it will formally...

Pain in Guayaquil compounding amid impossibility of burying coronavirus dead

Quito, Apr 1 (efe-epa).- The rapid spread of the coronavirus in Ecuador's Guayas province, the capital of which is Guayaquil, one of the world's cities...

US embargo preventing sending of masks, COVID-19 test kits to Cuba

Havana, Apr 1 (efe-epa).- Havana on Wednesday complained that the US embargo on Cuba has prevented the shipment by Chinese electronics giant Alibaba of...

In the US, intentional coughing can be considered a terrorist threat

By Helen Cook

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: April 1

(Adds information from the US and throughout Latin America)

Brazil's biggest research center builds hospital for COVID-19

Rio de Janeiro, Mar 31 (efe-epa).- The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the biggest health research center in Brazil and Latin America, has begun...

UN calls for multilateral Covid-19 response totaling 10 pct. of world GDP

United Nations, Mar 31 (efe-epa).- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday issued a worldwide call to deal with the socio-economic...

From serving to being served, plight of US restaurant workers amid pandemic

By Laura Barros

Anthony Daniels, the soul of C-3PO: Star Wars is a refuge in these times

By David Villafranca

Hospital ship Comfort arrives in New York to help in fight against COVID-19

New York, Mar 30 (efe-epa).- The Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort docked on Monday at the Manhattan pier to upgrade the capabilities of local hospitals,...

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: March 30

(Update, adds information from the WHO, the US, the UK, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia and Peru)

Two Latin American rum empires join forces against Covid-19

By Alicia Hernandez and Jorge J. Muñiz Ortiz

US virus death toll over 2,000, Fauci says up to 200K deaths could result

Washington, Mar 29 (efe-epa).- The US death toll in the coronavirus pandemic rose to 2,197 on Sunday, with more than 25 percent of the deaths occurring in...

Coronavirus frustrating Brazil's anticipated economic rebound

By Carla Samon Ros

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: March 29

(Adds info from: the WHO, the US, Italy, Russia, Syria, Cuba, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela)

NY hospitals show signs of being overwhelmed, Cuomo says fed help not enough

New York, Mar 26 (efe-epa).- Hospitals in New York City, which has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, are starting to...

Venezuela blasts "unfounded" US charges against Maduro

Caracas, Mar 26 (efe-epa).- The Venezuelan government on Thursday said that the indictments made by the US government against President Nicolas Maduro and...

Daily COVID-19 pandemic roundup: March 26

(Update, adds information from WHO, the US, the Vatican, France, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Caribbean)

Senate ready to approve biggest stimulus package in US history

By Alfonso Fernandez