Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, congratulated “North Pole-40” polar station explorers and the crew of nuclear icebreaker Yamal on the successful completion of evacuation operations of the North Pole-40 research station.
A conference call took place on the eve of the return of the Yamal icebreaker to Murmansk. The expedition vessel of North Pole-40 drifting station was launched on 1 June. The evacuation of the research station was required after the ice floe on which North Pole-40 was based split into several parts.
“Despite the force majeure, interrupting the work of North Pole-40, scientific observations and results have been and remain essential for our country,” said Sergey Donskoy. The Minister also instructed that the polar explorers of North Pole-40 and participants of the rescue expedition receive state awards.
In addition, Sergey Donskoy said the value of reopening the research station on Bolshevik island, which will be attended by polar explorers of North Pole-40. “We can say without exaggeration that the station will work on a new level. It’s just a case of saying it has been a blessing in disguise. Its special geographical location and the technical capacity will allow the carrying out of important scientific research in the field of physics, oceanography, and ice studies of the upper atmosphere. In the long term, it can be a database for the study of the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya,” he said.
The Minister also did not rule out the possibility of a runway on Bolshevik island where polar explorers, scientific equipment and supplies will be delivered to the station by air.