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FESCO ship sailed to Antarctica
The diesel-electric ship of the FESCO transport group Vasily Golovnin left the port of Cape Town in South Africa and went to Antarctica. It delivers cargo to two Indian and Belgian research stations. The flight will last until April 2020.
In Cape Town, 1 tons of various cargoes were loaded onto the ship, including equipment, fuel and food. Vasily Golovnin will also deliver 382 Indian polar explorers to Bharati and Maitri stations, who will replace their colleagues working in Antarctica. In addition, the ship will deliver cargo to the Belgian station “Princess Elizabeth”.
According to the FESCO press service, there are two helicopters for carrying out ice reconnaissance and a self-propelled barge aboard the Vasily Golovnin, with which the cargo will be put on an unequipped shore. The contract for the supply of Antarctic stations FESCO and the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research of the Ministry of Geography of India (NCPOR) were signed in October 2018. To implement the project, the ship was repaired and additional equipment was installed.
FESCO has extensive experience in Antarctica; the company has repeatedly participated in government projects to supply research stations in Australia, Argentina, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Chile.