The Noosfera icebreaker, the flagship of the Ukrainian scientific research fleet, has reached the Vernadsky Research Base (the Ukrainian Antarctic station).

The National Antarctic Scientific Center announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.

The ship anchored near Galindez Island on 27 January 2023.

The icebreaker delivered cargo and a team of Ukrainian technical experts to the Vernadsky Research Base. In the next few months, the experts will perform urgent modernization work at the Vernadsky Research Base, which is necessary for the successful winterization of the next ( 28th) Ukrainian Antarctic Expedition.

After unloading, the ship is expected to depart for the Chilean port of Punta Arenas for the upcoming rotation of the annual expeditions at the Vernadsky Research Base.

The Noosfera icebreaker departed from the port of Cape Town (South Africa) at the end of December 2022 to begin its second Antarctic season under the Ukrainian flag. The ship first delivered cargo and a team of polar explorers to the Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station on King George Island.