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Russia’s sailing ship Pallada calls at China’s Dalian

April 16, 2012, 7:05 UTC+3

The Pallada sailed off from Vladivostok late in January with more than 100 students from naval schools of the entire Russia’s Far East

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VLADIVOSTOK, April 16 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian sailing ship Pallada of the Far Eastern State Technical Fisheries University, which is on a long training voyage, on Monday will call at the Chinese port of Dalian, the university’s press service reported.

During the three-day stay in Dalian, the Pallada will be open for visits by general public, while its crew and student will visit the local fishing industry university.

According to the press service, head of Russia’s fishery agency Andrei Krainy, who is currently on a working visit to Dalian, will walk over the ship and meet with Pallada students.

The Pallada sailed off from Vladivostok late in January with more than 100 students from naval schools of the entire Russia’s Far East. The Pallada has already called at South Korea's Busan, China’s Shanghai, Singapore, and Vietnam's Vung Tau.

The Pallada’s next stopover will be in Japan’s Nagasaki, where she will take part in a traditional festival of large sailing vessels. The ship is expected to return to her home port of Vladivostok on May 5.

The Pallada is one of the most famous Russian sailing vessels. The three-masted training vessel was built in Gdansk in 1989 to order for the Fishery Ministry, and was designed for students of maritime schools to undergo practical training, for representational purposes and participation in international regattas and festivals. Over the 20 years of her history, the Pallada has made 109 voyages and visited 101 ports in 35 countries. More than 12,000 students participated in the ocean trips.

The Pallada is registered with the Guinness Book of Records as the world's fastest sailing vessel. The ship is capable to develop a speed of more than 18 knots an hour. She boasts victories in international regattas and the 2007-2008 round-the-world voyages. The routes were laid across the sites of discoveries and trips made by Russian sailors in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Last year, the Pallada made three voyages, two of them to Asia-Pacific countries. The vessel visited American and Japanese ports during the International Trans-Pacific Expedition marking the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's space mission and the 270th anniversary of Russian sailors' discovery of Russian America.


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