On the 20th of August Kruzenshtern has finished her regular navigation of 2019. The vessel called in her homeport of Kaliningrad, Russia. In four days, on the 24th of August, both Kruzenshtern and Sedov (the latter called in port respectively on August 23rd) opened their boards simultaneously for citizens and visitors of Kaliningrad.
In September both sailing ships have been moved to the shipyard in Svetliy, Kaliningrad region. As the head of the Practice and Sailing department of BFFSA Mikhail Novikov reports, it is going to take two phases to prepare Kruzenshtern for the next navigation. During the first phase a there are going to be held a revision of fresh water tanks and a maintenance of premises and accommodation. Also the air-conditioning system is going to be improved. No docking is planned for this year’s annual repairing works.
However two new desalination plants are going to be set on board Kruzensthern for long transitions in Antarctica. The machinery of the vessel is going to be maintained as well.
The second phase of maintenance is going to include preparation of service spaces, moderate repairing of vessel systems and mechanisms.
All of the maintenance is expected to be complete by the 26th of November 2019. «We are planning on both of the vessels to be ready for the circumnavigation by this date», – said Mikhail Novikov.
The circumnavigation of the Russian sailing ships the Kruzenshtern, the Sedov and the Pallada is taking place two centuries after the famous expedition of Russian seafarers headed by Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on the sloops Vostok and Mirny. The famous Russian pioneers sailed around the unknown ice continent at latitudes from 60° to 70° despite severe navigational conditions. The crew irrefutably proved the existence of the land at the South pole.
In the period from November 2019 to December 2020, the world-famous training sailing ships-the barque Sedov and the frigate Pallada will carry out circumnavigations and the barque Kruzenshtern will take up a transatlantic passage. The ships will act as the sites of sea practice for 692 Rosrybolovstvo's cadets of and 56 shipboys.
The sailing of Russian vessels will also be timed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
The vessels will call at more than 40 ports of North and South America, Africa, Europe and Oceania. Each call will be marked with cultural and educational events.
During the voyage the three ships will have to sail about 100 thousand nautical miles. The voyage will be finished at the end of 2020.
The official website for the curcumnavigation of 2020.