31.07.2019

In the evening of August 1 the Sedov will approach Murmansk

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The welcoming ceremony and formal events will take place at the berth of the sea station in the afternoon of August 2, 2019.
This will be the first staying in the capital of the Arctic after vessel's transfer in 2017 from the Murmansk State Technical University to the Kaliningrad State Technical University. To be more exact the ship was given to a separate structural unit of KSTU - the Baltic state Academy of Fishing Fleet. This transfer was stipulated by change of MSTU jurisdiction. Now MSTU belongs to the Ministry of education of the Russian Federation while KSTU remains within Federal Agency for Fisheries structure.

There are 78 Murmansk cadets on Board of the Sedov according to the agreement on sea practice between MSTU and KSTU. The first experience of cooperation between universities of different governmental agencies became possible thanks to the initiative of the interim governor of the Murmansk region A. Chibis. This practice is a good chance for marine cadets to gain enough sea experience for their first certificate of competency and also to continue the national traditions of training crewmen for Russian fleet.

On the way to the largest polar port of Russia available for year-round calls of ocean vessels, the Northern winds were challenging the vessel and the crew. However, according to Master Evgeniy Romashkin severe weather conditions did not affect the execution of scheduled tasks. Classes, watches, shifts were going on, the working environment was favourable. The Master briefed the cadets on approaching the area of the storm, so the guys could get a clearer idea of navigational actions and the route.

Preliminary passage planned by Mst Romashkin was conducted via waypoints 42,43,45,46,47 and 48 (according to the traffic separation scheme). Two different sources of long-term forecast informed on the 3-day-gale force 7 in the area of waypoint 45 with a wind force of more than 21 m/s from 28 till 30 of June.

The Sedov faced a task of keeping the safe distance from the wind area. The Master made a decision to head to the North under the sail and power and give a wide berth to the wind area and then proceed to Murmansk via alternative waypoint 46/2. The wind speed was 20 m/s and the storm hit the ship slightly but the cadets and crew members felt the cold touch of the gale in the deep sea. The Sedov was experiencing the storm for 38 hours (at waypoint 45 it was going on for 2 more days). Anyway, the main task of safe proceeding through the area of wind and pitching was solved.

Now the vessel is sailing to Nordkapp (the northernmost point of Europe) against 10-14 m/s wind. Such conditions are making her work to windward and decrease her speed. After the Cape according to the long-term forecast the favourable wind is expected. By the evening of the 1st of August the TSS Sedov will have reached the pilot station.

Our cadets seem to have accomodated on board and accustomed to rolling, pitching and gusts of wind. Now the guys can rate themselves as true seafarers.

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. We have set the sails for the passage to Murmansk.