Its purpose is to live in Arctic ice

Its purpose is to live in Arctic ice

August 31, 2022

The North Pole unique ice-resistant platform was put into operation.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR.  The unique ice-resistant self-propelled platform North Pole was put into operation. This was reported by the press service of the Admiralty Shipyards shipbuilding plant, which built the ship.

“The main purpose of the platform, whose height from the keel to the top of the middle mast is 42.5 meters, which is equal to a 13-story building, is to live in ice. And I am sure that this life will be successful and fruitful for Russian science, and the data obtained during expeditions to the Arctic will make a significant contribution to the further study and development of the region”, said Ruslan Sheremetyev, Admiralty Shipyard ships chief builder.

The North Pole platform has the functionality of a research center and is intended for year-round expeditions in the high latitudes of the Arctic Ocean. The ship will conduct geological, acoustic, geophysical and oceanographic research.

In addition, the platform can pass through the ice without the involvement of an icebreaker, as well as receive heavy helicopters on board. Thus, the North Pole will provide comfortable and safe working and living conditions for the crew and scientific personnel at the polar station at temperatures down to minus 50 degrees.

“There are no analogues to this ship in the world. Not every shipyard is ready to implement such a project. Now researchers do not have to waste time and energy on ensuring the safety of their life, as was the case in ice camps before. Now they can focus just on science.

We have the opportunity to plan long-term research, a prospect opens up for young people who want to connect their lives with polar science. For the next ten years, this will be the most important scientific project in the Arctic, not only in Russia, but also in the world”, said Alexander Makarov, the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute director.

Now the ice-resistant self-propelled platform is heading to the Big Port of St. Petersburg, where it will undergo preparations for the transition to Murmansk and further – to the first research expedition, which will start in September.

Earlier, the Taimyr Telegraph told how the North Pole differs from the South Pole: where it is colder, more ice and how this affects the climate of the planet. We also wrote that Arctic researchers teamed up with mathematicians to study the ocean.

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Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: press service of the Admiralty Shipyards shipyard

August 31, 2022

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