Readiness to the start of a round the world expedition of Rosrybolovstvo sailing ships has been discussed during the meeting held at the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia

The final stage of preparation to the round-the-world expedition of training sailing vessels of Rosrybolovstvo was discussed at the meeting of the Organizing Committee chaired by the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Patrushev.

The circumnavigation, dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by the expedition under the command of Thaddeus Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev and the 75th anniversary of the Victory over fascism, will begin with the departure of the Pallada from Vladivostok on November 1, 2019. The other two barques – the Sedov and the Kruzenshtern will leave Kaliningrad in the first week of December.

The first meeting of the organizing Committee was held on March 15, 2019.

As Dmitry Patrushev noted, during this period, a significant amount of work was done on the preparation of ships, manning of crews, correction of expedition routes, development of stay programs in Russian and foreign ports and informational support of the project.

"We have entered the home stretch. The first of the training sailing vessels Pallada should put to sea from the port of Vladivostok on November 1, 2019," he said.

He drew attention to a number of issues that must be resolved before the expedition.

"The most important of them is to ensure the safety of navigation, the safety of life and health of the cadets and crew, especially when sailing ships will sail in "piracy areas". In addition, it is important to take all possible measures to guarantee the inviolability of sailing vessel as objects of Federal property when calling at foreign ports," Dmitry Patrushev stressed.

The Minister noted that it is necessary to organize meetings for students and cadets with their foreign peers in the ports of call since the expedition sets educational goals.

The Secretary of the Organizing Committee - Deputy Head of Rosrybolovstvo Pyotr Savchuk has reported on readiness for the expedition.

Rosrybolovstvo while executing the orders of the Government of the Russian Federation of 16 April 2019 arranged close cooperation  with the Ministry of Defense of RF and commanders of the Navy of Russia on the issue of ensuring safe navigation along the expedition's route and its corresponding correction.

"Confirmation of support of training sailing vessels by the Russian Navy has been received. The Ministry of Justice of Russia goes on executing documentation on guaranteeing the inviolability of sailing vessels during calls at foreign ports, " - said Peter Savchuk.

A significant correction of the Sedov and Kruzenshtern routes has been carried out. Thus, some ports were excluded and some port were added to the routes. For instance, Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russia), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), as well as Bordeaux, Seth and Brest were proposed to be added to Sedov's passage.

In addition, due to a great number of invitations an issue of additional calls of the Kruzenshtern to the ports of Bizerte (Tunisia) and Istanbul (Turkey) has been worked out.

The year 2020 is going to be the year of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Black Sea Fleet squadron of the Russian Empire to the port of Bizerte. "The Kruzenshtern call will make a contribution to commemoration of Russian seafarers. It will also attract additional attention of the Russian Diaspora and the Tunisian people to our common history," said the Deputy head of Rosrybolovstvo.

Proposals were received from the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Ministry of culture, the Russian Geographical Society, the Russian Olympic Committee, the administrations of Primorsky Kray and Kaliningrad region to organize events in ports of call of training sailing vessels.

For example, the Ministry of Culture of Russia has reported on readiness of regional museums to conduct excursions for participants of the round-the-world expedition and to arrange meetings with the dwellers of the cities and students of specialized educational institutions at Russian ports.

In addition, cooperation with Russian meteorological service was organized to elaborate on the issue of conducting a round-the-world expedition in subantarctic waters.

A number of agreements have been signed with JSC "Rosselkhozbank", PJSC" NOVATEK "and PJSC"Gazprom" in order to provide additional financing for the project.

A preliminary plan of media support has been developed for large-scale coverage of the unique expedition. It is going to be filled with events that will take place on board of ships during the passage and calls to ports.

"The concept of the expedition assumes its full openness – we welcome other sailing yachts and vessels of Russia and foreign countries to join our "Sails of peace" project. Now we are working on the possibility of attracting the attention of the world sailing community to the Russian expedition and inviting representatives of other countries to join it, " said Peter Savchuk.

A special website has been designed, emblems and symbols of the round-the-world expedition have been approved. Journalist groups are being formed for working on board of expedition ships for garnering media coverage of the circumnavigation. A departure ceremony plan for the Pallada, the Kruzenshtern and the Sedov has been elaborated.

The corrected routes of the Kruzenshtern and the Sedov, changes to the action plan at ports of call and the information plan of the "Sails of Peace" expedition were approved during the meeting.

The Chairman of the organizing Committee also gave a number of instructions, including the ones on holding scientific and educational events in foreign and Russian ports.

Unique world expedition of training sailing ships of the Agency was organized according to the orders of the government in honor of the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by Russian seafarers and the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. A joint manoeuvring of three vessels in the Antarctic part of the Atlantic will be a culmination of the expedition as well as a 200-mile regatta which is open to other sailing vessels. The second stage of the voyage is dedicated to the victory over fascism.

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.

Rosrybolovstvo sailing ships are going to call at more than 40 ports in North and South America, Africa, Europe and Oceania.

Each port call will be followed by cultural events on board and on shore. The expedition will be finished in December 2020.

Note from the shipowner:
Only professional journalists and cameramen, representatives of news agencies, employees of museums and research centers, members of the Russian Geographical Society, the Arctic Exploration Center and other public and youth organizations can join the expedition on the Sedov and the Kruzenshtern.

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