The atomic icebreaker Yamal has made it to the drifting station North Pole-40. Evacuation is underway of scientific equipment and the expedition team, who endured disaster in the Canadian sector of the Arctic.
The atomic powered ship Yamal traveled at a speed of eight knots and, within about seven days, reached the ice floe, which has split into six parts. It was previously stated that this journey would take two weeks.
The authorities began to work out a plan for evacuating the North Pole-40 station after the ice floe beneath the station began to break apart. This threatened the lives of the sixteen expedition members, and could also have led to both ecological pollution near Canada and the loss of equipment. After the evacuation, the polar station's staff will be transported to Murmansk, while several members of the expedition plan to disembark on Bolshevik Island.
The North Pole-40 jubilee drifting research station officially began work on October 1 of last year at 23:45 (Moscow time); its work was terminated three months ahead of schedule.