The Peruvian Navy received an oceanographic vessel with polar capabilities, Carrasco (BOP 171), during a ceremony in Vigo, Spain, on 22 March. The vessel, constructed by Spanish shipyard Freire SA, was originally scheduled to be transferred on 10 March, but was delayed by weather.
Carrasco will replace Humdolt, Peru's current polar vessel constructed by Peruvian shipyard SIMA in 1978. The new platform is 95 m long, weighs 5,000 tonnes, has a top speed of 16 kt, a helicopter deck, two submersibles, laboratories, and a can be at sea for up to 51 days.
Carrasco will be utilised for Antarctic expeditions as well as for local patrols, according to a 22 March navy statement.
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