During the passage, the cadets gained invaluable experience in duplicating the duties of watch engineers and watch navigators. This area belongs to high-traffic waters. The passage is regulated by special rules and charts. The peculiarity of the sea area is the absence of windless zones. The main current is directed from West to East, the speed of the current in the middle of the Strait is about 3 knots. The current also branches into several separate streams which might change their direction. The crew should be alert, professional and attentive while being in the Strait.
The Strait of Sangar is a Strait between the Japanese Islands of Honshu and Hokkaido which connects the Sea of Japan with the Pacific ocean. The Strait is 18-110 km wide and 96 km long. The depth of the navigable part varies from 110 to 491 m.
it is should be noted that the city of Hakodate is located on the shore of Hokkaido island in the Sangar Strait. The city used to be the residence of the Russian Consulate and the port frequently called by Russian Amur ships in the early XX century. The first chart of The Sangar Strait was drawn by the Russian Admiral Ivan Kruzenshtern.
The Pallada departed to her third round-the-world expedition on November 1, 2019 from Vladivostok.