Akademik Fyodorov began work to ensure stations in Antarctica

Research vessel "Akademik Fedorov" has come to the Antarctic coast and began work on a seasonal field-based "Youth."

PETERSBURG, December 14 — RIA Novosti. Research vessel "Akademik Fedorov" has come to the Antarctic coast and began work on a seasonal field-based "Youth" by providing work of the 58th Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE), the press service of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Hydromet (AARI) .

Russian Antarctic Expedition traditionally performs work in the southern polar region — the Antarctic, including the continent of Antarctica and the adjacent Southern Ocean. "Akademik Fedorov" on the night of November 2 came from St. Petersburg to Antarctica, 58th RAE will continue until May 2013. Season of the expedition has 120 people, wintering staff — 110 people. In the RAE also involved the crew "Akademik Fedorov" (about 70 people) and the crews of helicopters and airplanes (about 20 people). The ship from St. Petersburg went only part of the RAE, Many flew to Cape Town on the plane.

"Akademik Fedorov" December 12 came at a distance of 46 kilometers from the seasonal field base "Youth" and began helicopter operations to ensure the operation of the database in the seasonal period, "- said in a statement.

In parallel, work seasonally 58th RAE began at the stations, "East", "Novolazarevskaya" and "Progress". Of the expedition at various times have been delivered to the station aircraft. The planned scientific observations and the work of the 57th RAE wintering (to finish the job this season) run on the year-round stations "Peace", "Novolazarevskaya", "East" and "Progress" and "Bellingshausen". Sledge-crawler campaign delivered to the station East 82 cubic meters of diesel fuel and 109 barrels of jet fuel.

"Seasonal field base" Youth "by the morning of December 13 was reactivated, put into service diesel power. During the past winter From March to December 2012, when there was no personnel on the base were found significant damage to buildings and structures as a result of hurricane-force winds, "- said the AARI.

In addition, the Russian polar station on the "Novolazarevskaya" found a piece of fuel drums Russian and Indian expeditions. Tanks belonging to the Indian side, with Russian fuel had been lost in the spring of this year because of the breakaway of the iceberg.

"In the area of the ice barrier station" Novolazarevskaya "west of previously discovered reservoirs on an iceberg seen another iceberg with a load placed on it. The next few days planned air reconnaissance of the area with the BT-67 aircraft," — said the institute.

Indian expedition also plans to organize a search breakaway pieces of the iceberg with the goods by ship "Ivan Papanin" and icebreaker "Vladimir Ignatyuk" that after the ongoing work in the area of Prydz Bay on December 20, will head to the Gulf of Leningrad for Indian station ‘Maitri’, located in five kilometers from the "Novolazarevskaya."

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