Chile’s latest scientific vessel on a hake spawning research cruise in the extreme south

Cabo de Hornos in considered state of the art and one of five world class scientific vessels which can to oceanographic, hydrographical and fisheries sustainability research, with crew accommodation for 41 and 25 scientists, remaining at sea for 260 days.

She was built at a cost of 67.5 million dollars, 51 million supplied by the Chilean navy and the rest by the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.

On her inauguration Deputy head of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Pablo Galilea said that Cabo de Hornos “responds to the Chilean government’s need to renew its oceanographic and fisheries research fleet, and will help comply with the new Fisheries and Aquaculture law based on sustainability and for which update reliable information is crucial”.

She is a very silent last generation vessel with an acoustic norm ICES 209 which means it can rest static over schools of fish, which also helps to save on deep water cables, plus a retractile keel with highly sophisticated sensors.

Cabo de Hornos first major task was precisely a scientific cruise off Magallanes and Aysen regions in extreme south of Chile to collect information on spawning by hoki, southern hake and southern blue whiting, a job which was pending since at least 1996 said Galilea.

The design and blueprints were contracted with Norway’s Skipstekniks, world leading experts in the matter, and the construction was done at the Chilean navy’s yards, Asmar. The management and command of Cabo de Hornos is responsibility of the Chilean navy while all the scientific research depends from Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Vía | MercoPress

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