One of the leading public transportation and logistics companies in Russia, FESCO Transportation Group (“FESCO”) and the National Center for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of India have extended the contract for supplying India’s research stations in Antarctica.
According to FESCO, the icebreaking cargo ship “Vasiliy Golovnin” will deliver general cargo, food products and fuel to Bharati and Maitri stations during Antarctica’s summer in 2019-2020.
Scientists of the National Center for Polar and Ocean Research will also join the expedition for the research.
The ship will start its three-month Antarctic voyage at the port of Cape Town in December 2019. Under the previous contract, in 2019 the ship with 2 helicopters and a self-propelled barge were used to deliver more than 4 000 tons of cargo to Bharati and Maitri stations, to transport household and industrial waste and to transfer two Indian members of the expedition for replacement.