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FESCO's icebreaker departed from Cape Town to Antartica

FESCO's icebreaker departed from Cape Town to Antartica

The FESCO Transportation Group 'Vasiliy Golovnin' icebreaker departed from the port of Cape Town (South Africa) for Antarctica on 26 January 2021, carrying supplies for Indian research stations.

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The expedition will be completed in early May, according to FESCO's press release.

The vessel was loaded in Cape Town with 1,138 tons of different freight, including machinery, fuel, and food. The vessel will also carry 50 Indian researchers to the Bharati and Maitri Indian Stations. The researchers will be replacing their present colleagues working in the Antarctic.

The expedition will be completed in early May, according to FESCO's press release.

The vessel was loaded in Cape Town with 1,138 tons of different cargo, including machinery, fuel, and food. The vessel will also carry 50 Indian researchers to the Bharati and Maitri Indian Stations. The researchers will be replacing their present colleagues working in the Antarctic.

There are two helicopters on the ship fitted for ice observations and oil and gas distribution of supplies. The ship will also be used for the processing of technical and solid waste from the stations.

This expedition will be the 40th expedition by the Ministry of Geography of India's National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) and the 3rd expedition under the contract between FESCO and NCPOR.

The certificate issued by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping as a polar navigation vessel indicates that the 'Vasiliy Golovnin' vessel is ready for the upcoming polar voyage. In addition, FESCO has obtained special permission from the Russian Federation's Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology to carry out operations in the Antarctic.

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