06.02.2014

First Research Stage by the Coriolis II Vessel Completed

The Ministry was present when this vessel arrived yesterday in the Comodoro Rivadavia port and that is part of the first joint oceanographic campaign between Argentina and Canada.

First Research Stage by the Coriolis II Vessel Completed

Coriolis II Vessel in Comodoro Rivadavia.

A ceremony was organised with the presence of the executive coordinator of the Scientific and Technological Cabinet from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Dr. Alejandro Mentaberry; the governor of Chubut, Martin Buzzi; the Secretary of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of such province, Ruben Zarate; the ambassador of Canada in Argentina, Gwynetz Kutz; and the scientific coordinators of the campaign, doctors Jose Luis Esteves and Gustavo Ferreyra, among other authorities, who received the scientific vessel Coriolis II in the Comodoro Rivadavia Port. This vessel arrived in this city located in Chubut after completing the first stage of the oceanographic, geophysical, and geochemical research work in the area of the Gulf of San Jorge, along the coastline of the province of Chubut and will stay there until next March 2, 2014.

The preparation of the plan for the Coriolis II campaign “gathers environmental care and the study of the environment resources with productive issues, tracing a new path", Dr. Mentaberry highlighted.

The first incursion of the Coriolis II was in the area of the Agujero Azul (Blue Hole) located in the continental drop-off. They made a characterisation of the local ecosystem there, which revealed the so-called "hot-spots" or stations; and other studies were performed on prejudicial sea weeds and other marine geology work, among other disciplines involved.

During this welcome ceremony, Dr. Mentaberry highlighted that the preparation of the plan for the Coriolis II campaign “gathers environmental care and the study of the environment resources with productive issues, tracing a new path". He also asserted that “the Ministry has decided to put these topics between the research priorities for this year”. Finally, he welcomed cooperation between Argentina and Canada and said that “our two countries have found a shared space for joint research, and we hope we can strengthen it in the future".

Governor Buzzi expressed: “This vessel is a clear sign of our political decision and vocation to cease joining our countries by sea only by means of fishing boats, so as to start applying knowledge and obtaining important development opportunities”.

Coriolis II is a joint oceanographic campaign during which academic institutions from Argentina and Canada will seek facilitate and encourage the work of their scientists, research experts, and scholars, stressing their work on training human resources from a multi-disciplinary approach.  Training will be a priority within this initiative, for which mobility of Argentine and Canadian students from both countries will be promoted to perform master and PhD courses related to oceanography, physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. The main innovation of the scientific proposal of the campaign to be performed by the Coriolis II is that no comprehensive study of the San Jorge Gulf has been made so far.

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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