The icebreaker Laura Bassi returns to Trieste
Yesterday, 5th June, the icebreaker Laura Bassi returned to Trieste for a brief stop before moving to the construction site.
The maintenance activities, after the demanding Antarctic mission, also include the renovation of the laboratory for oceanographic activities, the construction of another laboratory as well as a special system for scientific instrumentation.
The icebreaker returns after more than eight months of Antarctic mission where 110 operational days have been carried out. The conclusion of the Antarctic campaign took place on 11th April in Lyttelton in New Zealand and, after 42 days of navigation and a stop at the port of Ravenna, the vessel finally arrived in Trieste. The icebreaker has, in fact, just completed its third expedition to the South Pole as part of the XXXVII expedition of the National Research Program in Antarctica - PNRA, funded by the Ministry of University and Research and managed by ENEA for planning and logistic organization, and by the CNR for scientific planning and coordination. In 2021 the icebreaker Laura Bassi was also engaged for two months for its first research mission in the Arctic.