Research vessel Professor Khlustin sets sail on expedition of Russian Geographic Society


On 25 September 2014, a grand ceremony was held in Vladivostok to mark the  start of a special voyage for research and training ship Professor Khlustin,  which is sponsored by Sovcomflot in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of  Transport and the Russian Geographical Society (RGS).

The grand ceremony was attended by: Sergey Ivanov – Chief of the Presidential  Administration of Russia, Yury Trutnev - Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern  Federal District, Igor Levitin – Presidential Advisor, Vladimir Miklushevsky –  Mayor of Primorsky Krai, Sergey Ogai – President of Admiral Nevelskoi State  Maritime University, and Alexander Poshivai – Head of the Federal Agency for Sea  and River Transport.
Sovcomflot Group was represented at the event by Sergey  Popravko (SCF Member of the Board) and Alexander Orlov (Head of SCF Unicom  Vladivostok).

Following the ceremony, Professor Khlustin set sail on a scientific and  training expedition to the coast of Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands. This  expedition will be conducted as part of a project by the Russian Geographical  Society to monitor the ecological situation and radiation levels in Russia’s Far  Eastern seas. The expedition was first proposed by famous Russian explorer and  Special Presidential Envoy for Cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, Artur  Chilingarov, who received official congratulations on his 75th birthday during  the ceremony.

Expedition participants aboard research ship Professor Khlustin include  experts from Roshydromet (Russian Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring  Agency), the Russian Ministry of Defence, Rosatom (Russian Atomic Energy  Agency), Rostrebnadzor (Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights)and  Admiral Nelevskoi MSU. Cadets from Admiral Nevelskoi MSU have also joined the  crew and will undergo shipboard training during the expedition.

Greeting the crowd gathered on the quay side, Chief of the Presidential  Administration of Russia, Sergey Ivanov, made the following statement:

“This voyage is of special significance not only for the residents of the  Kuril Islands, where the research will take place, but also for the  international community, which was shaken by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station  disaster in Japan. It is also of vital importance due to the growth of the  fishing industry in the Far East. The expedition team have been entrusted with  the task of gathering accurate and objective data on the current situation in  the region. This voyage will also give the cadets an opportunity to put their  university knowledge into practice.”

Sergey Popravko, SCF Member of the Board, commented that: “As a graduate of  Admiral Nevelskoi Maritime State University, I am pleased to be participating in  this great event. In 2012-2013, under the aegis of RGS and the Russian Ministry  of Transport, Sovcomflot took part in the restoration of research and training  vessel Professor Khlustin. The ship was upgraded in class and reequipped with  modern hardware, which will ensure reliable operations in the coming years.  Today, this vessel continues to function in her new role; being both a centre  for conducting shipboard training for cadets from maritime schools and a  scientific research ship for RGS expeditions in the Far East and Arctic regions.  For the ship’s latest expedition this year, Sovcomflot collaborated with Transas  and the Russian Ministry of Transport to fit Professor Khulstin with special  equipment to carry out ecological survey work in the north-western regions of  the Pacific. We hope that this successful expedition will act as a symbolic gift  to the man who inspired it – Arctic explorer Arthur Nikolayevich Chilingarov –  who today celebrates his 75th birthday.”

Sovcomflot Press Office