Expedition composition in an amount of 70 eminent scientists came from Finland on June 23, on board the flagship of the polar fleet of diesel-electric ship "Akademik Fedorov". The vessel will make the first stop in the German port of Kiel. Came on board a container with special equipment, and then the ship will proceed to the Arctic. On the ship repair yard in Turku (Finland) under a contract with one of the foreign companies on board the ship has been mounted an innovative system for seismic soundings of the seabed. As described in the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Hydromet in St. Petersburg, the expeditionary force are, for example, leading members of the State Research Institute of Navigation and Hydrography, All-Russia Research Institute of Geology Mineral Resources of the World Ocean (VNIIokeanologii), Research Institute of Hydromet and other major research centers.
Cruise was the flagship of the fleet in the Arctic polar under the state program Rosnedra Russia for 100 days. Return to Turku for the dismantling of the equipment of the complex and the finish of the expedition is expected on September 15. Last summer, Russian specialists have studied the structure of the Arctic seabed, the direction and speed of currents.
"Akademik Fedorov" by posting submarine "Russia" in the Arctic Ocean will be working in the polar region, mainly exploring the underwater Lomonosov Ridge and Mendeleev. During the expedition, planned and other natural experiments to study the interaction between the ocean and the atmosphere. Software research and development work carried out within the framework of the action plan on support Russia's application for legal recognition outside the boundaries of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean.
After additional seismic and other studies, and appropriate consultation with the Arctic countries application for the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf of the Russian Federation in the Arctic Ocean will be sent to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. In December 2001, the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf application was submitted by Russia, but it was rejected due to insufficient data to substantiate the continental nature of the Lomonosov Ridge and the Mendeleev. If approved, the following application Russia will have the right to develop the Arctic fields, including hydrocarbons in the case of approval of the application Russia will have the right to develop the Arctic fields, including hydrocarbons in an area of over 1,000,000 square kilometers