On July 17, Kartesh reached Naryan-Mar and docked at the Nenets Oil Company fuel dock for bunkering, resupplying, loading new equipment and changing expedition groups. The first part of the 2016 Interdisciplinary Arctic Expedition on board the R/V Kartesh is now over.
On the night of July 15, we wound up the Novaya Zemlya research station, thus completing the 2016 season. During the 2016 stay, the Belaya cabin was renovated; we installed an iron furnace inside it. The expeditionary group sealed the cabin by nailing up windows to prevent polar bears from entering.
On their way to Novaya Zemlya, the expedition participants met thousands of eider ducks; they also managed to observe a school of dozens beluga whales. The beauty of the nature revealed itself to the expedition between Medynsky Peninsula and Bolshoy and Maly Zelenets Islands.
Expedition participants reached Morzhovets Island located in the White Sea Throat. All the participants (Russian Orthodox Church representatives, researchers, photographers and the camera crew) disembarked at a settlement by the lighthouse.
Kartesh has spent more than a week in the White Sea.
Story in pictures: the first storm and the challenge for the vessel and the crew, portraits and personalities of the crew and the expedition participants, oldest biostations at the White Sea and in Russia: WSBS Cape Kartesh and LMSU WSBS, sunrises and sunsets…
R/V Kartesh departed from the Karela coast of the White Sea and headed to Arkhangelsk. In a day, the expedition arrived at the Mudyugsky-1 receiving buoy. We still had six hours in advance before we reach Arkhangelsk, one of the largest ports of the Western Arctic. On June 16, at 3am Kartesh arrived at the Arkhangelsk Sea Port berth.