The navigation season for the research vessel "Sibirskiy Issledovatel" under the flag of the RGS has ended. This year it has successfully passed the test of the complex expedition of the Russian Geographical Society "Transformation of Taimyr", reaching Dudinka via the Yenisei and then returning back to Krasnoyarsk. The ship will spend the winter conservation period, which will last until May 2024, in one of the river ports of the city.
The complex expedition "Transformation of Taimyr" was held with the support of an initiative grant from the Russian Geographical Society and the company “Nornickel”. Its key task is the study of cultural heritage sites on Taimyr related to the history of the discovery and development of the Arctic, as well as the search for traces of missing Arctic expeditions.
“We assume that in 2024 the second stage of the ‘Transformation of Taimyr’ expedition will take place with the participation of the ‘Sibirskiy Issledovatel’. In addition, the ‘Sibirskiy Issledovatel’ will be used to develop new routes and develop water tourism in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, as well as to popularize the activities of the Russian Geographical Society and to implement educational projects,” said Vladislav Vlasov, press secretary of the Krasnoyarsk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society.
The "Sibirskiy Issledovatel" on the Yenisei. Photo: Krasnoyarsk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society
The "Sibirskiy Issledovatel" was launched in Saratov in May 2022. Its 18-meter steel hull is filled with the most modern, high-quality equipment, navigation and communication systems. The river- and sea-going vessel is capable of solving scientific problems on water and supporting expedition and educational activities on land.
During the navigation period of 2022, the "Sibirskiy Issledovatel" successfully completed a test voyage along the Yenisei to the north of the region and back to Krasnoyarsk, covering a distance of more than 1,000 km. The test was carried out by the Krasnoyarsk Regional Branch of the Russian Geographical Society in cooperation with scientists at Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Environmental Industrial Policy Center Research Institute, who were engaged in assessing the state of fragile Arctic ecosystems.