23.01.2014

Coriolis II, the oceanographic ship, was received by Barañao

The Minister led the welcoming ceremony of the vessel as part of the first joint oceanographic campaign strengthening cooperation between Argentina and Canada. The Coriolis II will perform research activities in the Gulf San Jorge.

Coriolis II, the oceanographic ship, was received by Barañao

Coriolis II, the oceanographic ship, was received by Barañao.

This morning, the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Lino Barañao received in Buenos Aires the crew of the Coriolis II, the research vessel that will perform research activities of oceanographic, geophysical and geochemical nature in the San Jorge Gulf area including the coastline of Chubut until next March 2, 2014.

"This forms part of a broader project related to the recovery, from the point of view of science and technology, of the Argentine Sea and the South Atlantic”.

"This activity forms part of a broader project related to the recovery, from the point of view of science and technology, of the Argentine Sea and the South Atlantic".

During the welcoming ceremony Mr. Barañao said: "This forms part of a broader project related to the recovery, from the point of view of science and technology, of the Argentine Sea and the South Atlantic”. He further stated that from the Ministry "we take responsibility to oversee and make sustainable use of marine resources”. This requires gathering information to make appropriate decisions for the sustainability of these resources, as all of these indicators will be essential for next decades".

Coriolis II is a joint oceanographic campaign during which academic institutions from Argentina and Canada seek to facilitate and encourage the work of scientists, research experts and scholars, making emphasis on the training of human resources from a multidisciplinary approach. Training will be a priority item within the initiative, for which the mobility of Argentine and Canadian students will be encouraged between both countries to perform masters and doctorates in oceanography, physics, chemistry, biology and geology.

The main innovation of the scientific proposal of the task to be carried out by the Coriolis II is that no comprehensive study of the San Jorge Gulf has been performed so far. This type of research is seen as necessary and urgent, given the trend toward expanding the exploitation of offshore oil and interactions of this type of activity with the climate change processes.

The governor of the province of Chubut, Martín Buzzi, the executive coordinator of the Science and Technology Office of the Ministry of Science, Alejandro Mentaberry, the Secretary of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation in the province, Ruben Zarate, the Argentina's ambassador to Canada, Norma Nascimbene de Dumont, and the Canadian Ambassador to Argentina, Gwynetz Kutz, among other authorities attended the event.

Argentine-Canadian Agreement

On August 2013, the Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Mr. Lino Barañao, signed together with the governor of Chubut, Mr. Martín Buzzi; the President of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), Mr. Roberto Salvarezza, the rector of the University of Quebec, Jean-Pierre Ouellet, and the director of such university, Serge Demers, the Coriolis Agreement.  The agreement promotes international cooperation for the research and development of marine science activities in the South Atlantic through the "San Jorge Gulf and the Chubut coastline ecosystem study and marine geology multidisciplinary programme".

About the Coriolis II

The ship has an overall length of 49.95 meters and weighs about 836 tons. Propulsion is provided by four six-cylinder Deutz diesel engines, with two variable pitch propellers of 750 revolutions per minute, which allows it to reach a speed of 15.75 knots. The boat has room for up to 14 scientists on board.

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