VLADIVOSTOK, December 2 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s diesel-electric ship Vasily Golovnin will again deliver to Argentine stations in Antarctica polar shifts and equipment. On Friday, the vessel is leaving Vladivostok beginning a long-term expedition, which will last until March 2012.
Head of the press centre of Far East Shipping Company (FESCO) Tatyana Kulikova told Itar-Tass that this year the ship will deliver equipment, gear, fuel, and shifts of polar explorers to the Esperanza, San Martin, Marambio, Orcadas and Petrel stations.
However, before sailing to the coast of Antarctica, the Vasily Golovnin ship will call at the Malaysian port of Penang and take on board the KA-32 helicopter. Then the ship will travel to Buenos Aires where it will load on board supplies for the Antarctic stations.
It will be the fifth voyage of the Vasily Golovnin to the shores of Antarctica. Earlier this year, the ship sailed in a 76-day expedition, during which it delivered to Argentine polar stations 4693.4 tonnes of cargoes and 899 tonnes of fuel. The ship’s unloading over the shore of the Antarctic stations was carried out by the KA-32 helicopter.
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