R/V Kav Kav II | POGO

R/V Kav Kav II

On February 27th 2010, shortly after an 8.8 earthquake hit the central coast of Chile, a series of tidal waves destroyed the fishing town of Dichato located 40 km Northwest of Concepcion. The Marine Biological Station of the Department of Oceanography of the University of Concepcion located there was swept away by the tsunami, and the R/V Kay Kay II anchored in front of the Station ended up on a hill inland, in Coliumo.


Three months after this event, Kay Kay II is back at sea, heading for the Navy shipyard where she will be repaired. We expect Kay Kay II to be fully operative by late June.The recovery of Kay Kay renews the commitment of the University of Concepcion to the full reestablishment of marine science, after this immense tragedy.

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