Russian polar fleet flagship — research vessel "Akademik Fedorov" tonight goes to the 200-day voyage to Antarctica. About this correspondent. Itar-Tass on the eve of the head of the Russian Antarctic Expedition (RAE) — the deputy director of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Roshydromet Valery Lukin.
"From St. Petersburg on board the ship will leave 73 crew members and 103 members of the 57th RAE", — He said. During calls "Akademik Fedorov" in Bremerhaven (Germany) and Cape Town (South Africa) to join them 74 members of the expedition. On board the vessel, about 2 thousand tons of cargo. This fuel, food, machinery, transport aircraft An-2, diesel generators, spare parts and components, supplies and building materials, scientific and medical equipment, and much more to ensure the life and work of the personnel of the expedition for 12-15 months have he says.
"In early December, the vessel should arrive at the port of Cape Town", — Lukin said. During the short-term parking for the replenishment ship’s stores, receiving fuel and fresh food for Antarctic stations "Akademik Fedorov" re ready for the next expedition to the Antarctic waters. In the 20 days of December, the ship will go to the field base for the youth organization of its work and then proceed to the Prydz Bay to ensure the continuation of work at Progress and organization of field geological and geophysical studies based Amicable-4 and geological field camps. At the end of 2011 with the ice airfield of Progress will be made aircraft flying DC-3 BT-67 "Basler Turbo" on intercontinental Vostok station for changing personnel, delivery of scientific instruments and drilling equipment, as well as fresh produce, he said.
Returning from Antarctica in St. Petersburg "Akademik Fedorov" is expected in late May 2012, noted in the Institute of Hydromet.