On January 10th, at 14:30 Brazilian time, the research vessel “Admiral Vladimirsky”, with the participants of the Round-the-world Oceanographic Expedition on board, arrived at the port of Rio de Janeiro. 26 days of crossing from Lisbon and more than 6,000 nautical miles were left behind. The research team of the expedition carried out its research in the Atlantic in extremely difficult weather conditions. The ship was pursued by a storm to the Azores. The gusts of wind reached 30 m / s, and the waves were up to seven meters. Now the ship's crew is waiting for a well-deserved rest in the largest city in Brazil.
The round-the-world oceanographic expedition on the ships of the Hydrographic Service of the Russian Navy, carried out jointly with the Russian Geographical Society, is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian naval sailors on the “Vostok” and “Mirny” sloops under the command of Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev, as well as 250th birthday anniversary of Admiral Ivan Kruzenshtern.
At the port, the oceanographic research vessel was met by a delegation led by Vladimir Tokmakov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Rio de Janeiro.
During the four days of the expedition’s vessel staying in the port of Rio de Janeiro, the expedition members will meet with journalists, pay a visit to the Hydrographic Service of Brazil and receive a return delegation, visit the Church of the Holy Martyr Zinaida (port. Igreja de Santa Martir Zenaide) and meet with its abbot, as well as with the Catholic Cardinal of Rio de Janeiro. On the weekend, several excursions will be conducted for the crew.
About the expedition:
The expedition of the Russian Navy and the Russian Geographical Society departed on December 3rd, 2019 from the port of Kronstadt. Its route mostly follows the path that Russian sloops under the command of Bellingshausen and Lazarev traveled 200 years ago. It runs along the Baltic and North Seas, the Atlantic Ocean and the seas surrounding Antarctica. After working in the Antarctic, the ship will return home through the Indian Ocean, the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, the distance traveled by the expedition will be about 40 thousand miles, and the voyage will end on June 6th, 2020 in Kronstadt.
On board the “Admiral Vladimirsky” is a large group of researchers, including the scientific group of the Russian Geographical Society, whose members were selected based on the results of the All-Russian competition. In addition, representatives of the media group of the Society will be on board the vessel.
The round-the-world oceanographic expedition is of great scientific importance. Extensive oceanographic and hydrometeorological studies will be conducted in the Antarctic seas, and unique bathymetric data will be obtained. This will significantly enrich the climate database, which is in demand by research organizations. Large-scale hydrographic work will be carried out in the Bellingshausen Sea: photographing the bottom topography, topographic surveying, determining the sea level. The data obtained will update the Russian navigational chart INT9172, created back in 1998. And in the D’Urville Sea, the efforts of scientists will be aimed at clarifying the location of the south magnetic pole of our planet. The route measurements will be used to clarify information in nautical charts.
It is noteworthy that for the hydrographic and hydrological studies exclusively Russian-made equipment is used.
Upon arrival of the vessel at the home port, the analysis of the information received will begin, after which the data will be published.
On January 14th, 2020, the “Admiral Vladimirsky” oceanographic research vessel will leave Rio de Janeiro and continue its journey to Antarctica.
The voyage is planned in such a way that on January 28th, 2020, on the day that is considered the discovery day of the sixth continent, the ship will arrive at the “Bellingshausen” Russian Antarctic station. There, the expedition will take part in the anniversary events dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica.