Peruvian President Ollanta Humala said the Peruvian naval ship, Carrasco, launched today in Spain, puts Peru at the forefront of oceanographic research and will bolster the country’s development.
“The vessel is fitted with modern equipment, which makes it one of the most advanced of its kind in Latin America. Peru is at the forefront of oceanographic research with this ship […],” he said after attending the christening and launch ceremony of Carrasco in Vigo City, Spain.
This new ship will enable Peruvian researchers to share knowledge and experiences with other countries that have stations in Antarctica in order to make better use of marine resources.
It will also assess the potential of fishing in Peru, he continued, and such results will be used to suggest measures aimed at boosting the sector’s development and the economy.
“The Polar class ship will be useful when sailing in the winter and can cut through one meter thick ice, which means the Peruvian station in Antarctica will be able to accommodate scientists for at least another half a year,” Humala added.