One year - and as many anniversaries: 70 years under the name of the famous navigator and 25 years as a part of the sea of high school, who turned 50 years old!
The year 2016 combined several big dates of the "Kruzenshtern". The main one, of course, was the 90th anniversary of the sailing ship. This age is respectable even for a ship, so this fact became a cause for admiration of operability of the vessel and its technical condition. Before the start of the navigation, "Kruzenshtern" has completed repairs at Svetly shipyard, received another certification for a class of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping and the necessary certification of emergency, rescue and fire fighting systems and equipment.
In the year 2016 it’s been 70 years since the four-masted barque "Padua", and now - a training sailing ship, has been sailing the seas and oceans under the name of the great navigator Ivan Kruzenshtern. The barque has literally been given a second, happy and creative life.
The port of registry in Kaliningrad and BFFSA’s jurisdiction became another fortunate circumstance. It happened exactly a quarter of a century ago. For 25 years the Academy showed high standards of management, fully fulfilling the tasks maintenance and operation of the barque. Moreover, under the auspices of the BFFSA the ship has been truly the most recognizable and beloved and even legendary. Various ports around the world meet "Kruzenshtern" as a peace envoy and a welcome guest.
The situation has not changed even because of the latest events where many European countries have tightened relations with Russia, announcing her economic sanctions. As before, "Kruzenshtern" comes to foreign ports, participating in numerous regattas, festivals, and international projects. The ship, so to say, soared above the waves of political passions - she is only interested in the waves of the seas and oceans.
The jubilee navigation "Kruzenshtern" began with the voyage number 119. There were cadets from Astrakhan, Yeisk, Kerch, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad onboard. These are the cities with educational institutions of the Russian Ministry for Fisheries. The schedule for the first voyage this year was set only one - the Polish port of Swinoujscie. In the second voyage there were five calls at ports of Germany and the Norwegian Larvik.
“Kruzenshtern’s” farewell ceremony for the third voyage took place at the 18th berth of the Kaliningrad Sea Fishing Port in the presence of students’ relatives and friends. It is noteworthy that the launch coincided with the birthday of the vessel, although some people believe the "correct" date is June 24, not 23. But different views didn’t influence anybody’s mood. Everyone was talking about the unique opportunity to go to sea on the heroic vessel which, as before, is aesthetically beautiful and technically perfect, and properly serves the country and its people. The third voyage was the longest in this navigation, it included the traditional events under the auspices of the Sail Training International association and participation in European maritime festivals. It’s been decided to leave the celebration of the barque’s anniversary for the fall, upon completion of the navigation. As they say, work done, have your fun.