Russian polar explorers at Novolazarevskaya in Antarctica in mid-February to complete the collection of fuels that are lost in May of last year because of a splinter of ice shelf, the press service of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Roshydromet (AARI).
Due to difficult ice conditions in the past, the vessel "Akademik Fedorov" could not get through to the base of the barrier Novolazarevskaya, which was necessary to unload fuel, equipment and products to ensure polar winter. (Barrier base located at a distance of about 85-90 kilometers from the station.)
Russian polar explorers used by Indian counterparts, as the base Indian Maitri is located five kilometers from Novolazarevskaya, Indians and barrier base is also located next to the Russian. In a vessel provided by the Indians, was flooded with fuel Novolazarevskaya. Due to the fact that a piece of the shore base suddenly "left" in the sea, and were lost this capacity — about 113 of the 600 tons of fuel, and equipment. Find them was not possible because of the onset of the Antarctic winter and the polar night.
In the first days of the new year in the area of the base of the barrier went up the ship "Ivan Papanin" Murmansk Shipping Company, rented the Indian expedition. With the ship's helicopter KA-32 Home Transports found on the breakaway icebergs.
"With our iceberg barrier base were all that were delivered there goods other than tanker" Ural "(he was acquitted of all components and assemblies), and a set of two tracks for the conveyor and old tractors" Kirovets "exported (earlier) with Base Youth. placed on another iceberg five 20-cc fuel tanks have not been able to release and remove, as there was no container for helicopter delivery of fuel, "- said in a statement AARI.
The institute added that the vessel "Ivan Papanin" will travel to Cape Town, where the will to rent the necessary capacity in early February once again try to complete the operation for the collection containers.
In AARI repeatedly emphasized that the loss of the fuel does not affect the life of the program and their polar research, and did not threaten the ecology of Antarctica.