The participants of the round-the-world oceanographic expedition of the Hydrographic Service of the Russian Navy on the research vessel “Admiral Vladimirsky” completed work in the Bellingshausen Sea and are headed for Montevideo (Uruguay), where they plan to arrive on March 5th.
The round-the-world expedition, dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian sailors and the 250th birthday anniversary of Ivan Kruzenstern, started on December 3rd, 2019 in Kronstadt and will last until June this year. The route follows the path that Russian sloops, under the command of Russian sailors, traveled 200 years ago. However, starting from the Arctic Circle, the ship deviates from that route, and is moving west.
The head of the round-the-world expedition, captain 1st rank, Oleg Osipov, reported to the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, that the vessel is currently following the approved route, the crew is healthy, technical equipment and hydrographic equipment are operating normally.
On board the “Admiral Vladimirsky” is a large group of researchers, including a scientific group of the Russian Geographical Society, whose participants were selected according to the results of the All-Russian competition. In the Antarctic seas, scientists have conducted extensive oceanographic and hydrometeorological studies. This will significantly enrich the climate database, which is in demand by research organizations.
According to Oleg Osipov, the scientists have determined the exact coordinates of the Rothschild Island and the Alexander I Land. "The location of the Rothschild Island on the map does not coincide with its current location, it is shifted by several nautical miles. The new coordinates of the island will be printed with a higher accuracy in the reissue of the navigational chart", said the expedition leader.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, set the task of thoroughly analyzing all stages of the expedition. Its data is daily supplied to the Center of the Russian Geographical Society under the High Command of the Russian Navy (St. Petersburg).
Along with the “Admiral Vladimirsky”, the hydrographic vessel “Marshal Gelovani” and the oceanographic research vessel “Yantar” are taking part in various stages of the expedition. The expedition route was planned so that on the day of the discovery of Antarctica, on January 28th, 2020, the ORV “Admiral Vladimirsky” and the ORV “Yantar” arrived at the Russian Antarctic station “Bellingshausen”, where they held commemorative events together with the station’s personnel.