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"Russian ships were faithful colleagues": the captain of the German icebreaker appreciated the assistance of the Russian Federation in the Arctic

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It took the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn five weeks to cross the Barents Sea and reach Polarstern. December 2019



It took the international scientific community 11 years and 150 million euros to prepare the German research icebreaker Polarstern for the trip to the Arctic. However, without the help of Russian courts, this mission would be doomed to failure.

No refueling guarantees


We are talking about the MOSAIC program, the idea of ​​which was born in 2009 in the depths of American and German research centers. As a result, a consortium of more than 20 countries was formed interested in studying climate change in the Arctic.

The German icebreaker Polarstern, commissioned in 1982, was chosen to carry out the mission. It is capable of passing through 1,5 meters of ice at a speed of 5 knots. The ship can accommodate 44 crew members and 55 scientists. It is equipped with 9 laboratories. In the period from 1999 to 2001, the icebreaker was repaired and equipped with the latest technology.

Polarstern began the trek on September 20, 2019, crossed the Siberian section of the Arctic Ocean and "got on the ice" after 3 weeks of travel, "thrown" at full speed onto a plate that seemed stable and solid. Wintering began.

They had no guarantees for refueling [fuel]

- remember at the Alfred Wegener Institute.



Russian help


During the drift, which lasted from October to June, the fuel consumption was 6-8 tons per day (instead of the usual 45-50 tons at sea), the maximum values ​​reached 11 tons per day. At the same time, it constantly had to be heated in tanks.

In mid-November, the temperature drops sharply, the sun finally disappears below the horizon. The Russian icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn comes to the rescue of the polar explorers, which twice fills the German ship with fuel, food, equipment and delivers workers. At the beginning of March 2020, Covid is becoming a global problem. With the suspension of international traffic, the project is in jeopardy.

Airports were closed [a runway was built on the slab], and shipping was prohibited. We fought to keep the mission alive. Russian ships continued to help us, they were operational and loyal colleagues

- Captain Polarstern appreciated the assistance of the Russian Federation in the Arctic.

As a result, the expedition was successfully completed and at the end of September the team returned home. As the captain of the ship, who visited Artik 10 years ago, noted, this time the ice floe was segmented from all sides by open water fairways. The drift was very fast: in winter, during storms, they traveled up to 7 km per day [together with the plate]. Compared to the last trip, "it was unusual."

Photos used:
MOSAIC website
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  1. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 23 March 2021 05: 48
    +13
    "Russian ships were faithful colleagues": the captain of the German icebreaker appreciated the assistance of the Russian Federation in the Arctic
    And then what to climb there? Conquerors of the Arctic, damn it!
    1. Free wind
      Free wind 23 March 2021 06: 01
      +13
      So then there were Russian scientists. And the supply of the expedition with icebreakers is agreed in advance.
      1. Uncle lee
        Uncle lee 23 March 2021 06: 06
        +3
        It is impractical ... Therefore, the floating station "North Pole" was built
        1. Vladimir_2U
          Vladimir_2U 23 March 2021 06: 12
          +2
          Quote: Uncle Lee
          It is impractical ... Therefore, the floating station "North Pole" was built

          And the Soviet, after all, Russia is the successor of Soviet Russia, is generally surprisingly impractical when it comes to research, which is why the USSR's unprecedented scientific breakthrough.
          1. Uncle lee
            Uncle lee 23 March 2021 06: 18
            +4
            Quote: Vladimir_2U
            when it comes to research

            Soviet scientists set up stations on drifting ice floes! hi
            1. Vladimir_2U
              Vladimir_2U 23 March 2021 06: 59
              +1
              Quote: Uncle Lee
              Soviet scientists set up stations on drifting ice floes!

              ZK-vskaya characteristic - "One on an ice floe", played with new colors! laughing
            2. Free wind
              Free wind 23 March 2021 08: 42
              +3
              Now there is a problem to find an ice floe in the Arctic.
            3. Potter
              Potter 24 March 2021 20: 20
              +1
              At the beginning of its existence, the SP stations also played the role of jump airfields for the TU-4. Then, when the real strategists TU-95 and M-4 appeared, the need for this disappeared. But, along with civilian scientists, military radio intelligence worked at the stations. And there is no need to talk about the military purpose of hydrography.
        2. seregatara1969
          seregatara1969 23 March 2021 06: 29
          +2
          Could eat bears, the Germans are like sugar for them
        3. zadorin1974
          zadorin1974 23 March 2021 08: 43
          +5
          Dobrogo Vladimir. As usual, an article on the principle of OBS and budenovka. Now, due to the instability of the ice, it is dangerous to set up ice stations, so scientists have repaired the icebreaker for a station. But, as always, tell God about your plans)))))
          1. Uncle lee
            Uncle lee 23 March 2021 09: 41
            +1
            Quote: zadorin1974
            due to ice instability

            This is understandable ... The last joint ventures drifted little in general ... In terms of time and mileage.
        4. tralflot1832
          tralflot1832 23 March 2021 15: 12
          +2
          Therefore, we are completing the construction of a floating drifting platform, taking into account all the experience from the Pomors of today.
    2. GTYCBJYTH2021
      GTYCBJYTH2021 23 March 2021 09: 16
      -16%
      Quote: Uncle Lee
      "Russian ships were faithful colleagues": the captain of the German icebreaker appreciated the assistance of the Russian Federation in the Arctic
      And then what to climb there? Conquerors of the Arctic, damn it!

      Buddy! You are my brother ... True, why climb into the North ... Muscovites have become little more ...
      1. Nyrobsky
        Nyrobsky 23 March 2021 10: 35
        +9
        Quote: GTYCBJYTH2021
        Quote: Uncle Lee
        "Russian ships were faithful colleagues": the captain of the German icebreaker appreciated the assistance of the Russian Federation in the Arctic
        And then what to climb there? Conquerors of the Arctic, damn it!

        Buddy! You are my brother ... True, why climb into the North ... Muscovites have become little more ...

        The question is not about desires, but about possibilities. They crawl like cockroaches, and then help out these "scouts". In 2015, a Russian helicopter, while flying around one of the areas, discovered the upper part of the cabin of a Seawulf-class submarine sticking out of the ice. The mattresses were frozen tightly without being able to get out because the hatches were under the ice. After landing, the Russians cut the ice around the wheelhouse with chainsaws and helped the crew climb to the top. After that, we took part in the design of the "hole" along the hull and, having wished seven feet under the keel, flew away, and in fact they could have tied a couple of boxes of TNT with duct tape and fry them with fireworks with a disco, but this is not our way. We do not finish off those in trouble, as the same mattresses or their newly acquired Ukrainian "non-workers" do.
        P / S- We do not need someone else, but we will not give up ours. Parrying your attack on the Crimea, I will immediately unsubscribe - we returned ours.
        1. demo
          demo 23 March 2021 12: 54
          +4
          We do not finish off those in trouble, as the same mattresses or their newly acquired Ukrainian "non-workers" do.
          Because of our national quality - compassion and sympathy, we Russians (and not only Russians) are then "cast" to the fullest!
          You don't have to finish. You can just ignore it. And provide help only after being asked for it.
          And to impose is stupid and impractical. We, in the end, will also be spat upon.
          For Sergius of Radonezh also said a wise phrase to the question that "if you hit on the right, then substitute the left."
          "If you respond to evil with good, then how to respond to good?"
          The saint was very wise.

          And we must take this into service.
        2. GTYCBJYTH2021
          GTYCBJYTH2021 23 March 2021 16: 49
          -6
          Quote: Nyrobsky
          Quote: GTYCBJYTH2021
          Quote: Uncle Lee
          "Russian ships were faithful colleagues": the captain of the German icebreaker appreciated the assistance of the Russian Federation in the Arctic
          And then what to climb there? Conquerors of the Arctic, damn it!

          Buddy! You are my brother ... True, why climb into the North ... Muscovites have become little more ...

          The question is not about desires, but about possibilities. They crawl like cockroaches, and then help out these "scouts". In 2015, a Russian helicopter, while flying around one of the areas, discovered the upper part of the cabin of a Seawulf-class submarine sticking out of the ice. The mattresses were frozen tightly without being able to get out because the hatches were under the ice. After landing, the Russians cut the ice around the wheelhouse with chainsaws and helped the crew climb to the top. After that, we took part in the design of the "hole" along the hull and, having wished seven feet under the keel, flew away, and in fact they could have tied a couple of boxes of TNT with duct tape and fry them with fireworks with a disco, but this is not our way. We do not finish off those in trouble, as the same mattresses or their newly acquired Ukrainian "non-workers" do.
          P / S- We do not need someone else, but we will not give up ours. Parrying your attack on the Crimea, I will immediately unsubscribe - we returned ours.

          You don't have any photos or videos ...... words alone PISANINA .... from the ship of which the helicopter was, or from the port ... Chainsaws were on board ....... YUZHANIN-do not read Russian newspapers .. .... laughing
          1. Nyrobsky
            Nyrobsky 23 March 2021 16: 51
            0
            Quote: GTYCBJYTH2021
            You don't have any photos or videos ...... words alone PISANINA .... from the ship of which the helicopter was, or from the port ... Chainsaws were on board ....... YUZHANIN-do not read Russian newspapers .. ...

            I gave the information, but you will find the details yourself. Internet to help you yes
            1. GTYCBJYTH2021
              GTYCBJYTH2021 23 March 2021 17: 02
              -1
              Quote: Nyrobsky
              Quote: GTYCBJYTH2021
              You don't have any photos or videos ...... words alone PISANINA .... from the ship of which the helicopter was, or from the port ... Chainsaws were on board ....... YUZHANIN-do not read Russian newspapers .. ...

              I gave the information, but you will find the details yourself. Internet to help you yes

              What did you get the info from and give it to me? From Google, apparently ... laughing laughing laughing
    3. Clear
      Clear 23 March 2021 14: 34
      +5
      Russian ships continued to help us, they were operational and loyal colleagues
      Why, upon arrival in Germany, they talk about this more and more quietly ...
  2. Ros 56
    Ros 56 23 March 2021 06: 11
    +4
    And what the hell do we need all these people in the Arctic? The striped ones from the Alaska side are trying to activate their warriors. And these here crawled on reconnaissance?
    1. GTYCBJYTH2021
      GTYCBJYTH2021 23 March 2021 09: 25
      -12%
      Quote: Ros 56
      And what the hell do we need all these people in the Arctic? The striped ones from the Alaska side are trying to activate their warriors. And these here crawled on reconnaissance?

      If you are not old and not a cripple, the Rajvoenkomat invites you to serve .... in Artik ..... conscripts, day after day ..... For nothing ...
      1. Ros 56
        Ros 56 23 March 2021 14: 05
        +1
        As for the gift, you turned it down, but in Murmansk they serve and receive good money. I have a nephew there, a Marine.
        1. GTYCBJYTH2021
          GTYCBJYTH2021 23 March 2021 16: 55
          0
          Quote: Ros 56
          As for the gift, you turned it down, but in Murmansk they serve and receive good money. I have a nephew there, a Marine.

          Does your personnel TRAVEL serve? If not, day after day ... to retirement ... request
          1. Ros 56
            Ros 56 23 March 2021 19: 00
            0
            He is already under the fortieth century, naturally not a conscript, I have not seen him for a long time. Here we are.
            1. GTYCBJYTH2021
              GTYCBJYTH2021 23 March 2021 19: 36
              -2
              May God grant him to live up to retirement ... 65 is not 60 ....... request
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 23 March 2021 06: 23
    +6
    When they need ... then they need.
    Scientific communities, ordinary people, will live like a neighbor .... politicians, this is a special tribe ruled by rich Buratins, say a good word about this breed .... no way!
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 23 March 2021 06: 45
    +8
    Russian ships continued to help us, they were operational and loyal colleagues
    It is not the first time when the press will remember about the Russians and throwing aside the American-European corporate ethics, they ask for help and openly say that Russians are loyal colleagues. But as soon as Russia rescues someone, helps to get out of a politically and militarily sensitive situation, this someone immediately forgets about the help provided to him and traditionally joins the anti-Russian chorus. And Russia is still in charge in the Arctic and I hope that it will be so in the future.
    1. Dikson
      Dikson 23 March 2021 09: 14
      -1
      Here you can remember the Italians with their airship, who were rescued by the whole world .. Amundsen then himself disappeared in his Latham .. The Arctic is still an international platform .. Our icebreakers, chartered by various bourgeois, have been working for international science for many years .. - they don't have that kind of money .. ((
  5. iouris
    iouris 23 March 2021 10: 41
    +3
    Interesting: not the Russians were colleagues, but their ships.
    1. Clear
      Clear 23 March 2021 14: 36
      +5
      Quote: iouris
      Interesting: not the Russians were colleagues, but their ships.

      Indeed, correctly noted yes
      Russian ships continued to help us, they were operational and loyal colleagues
      1. kimvladimiril
        kimvladimiril 23 March 2021 18: 41
        +2
        Robot ships. Where has Russian science gone!
  6. Soldatov V.
    Soldatov V. 23 March 2021 13: 49
    +4
    They sanction us, and we wear them out for fuel, the ships. At whose expense is this polar walk? And why did he stand on the route of our ballistic missiles to America and Kamchatka. Somehow they secretly entered the Arctic, I have not seen any publications about the approach and drift, I am always interested in the Arctic (in my youth I went to the Arctic).
    1. Clear
      Clear 23 March 2021 14: 38
      +5
      Quote: V.
      They sanction us, and we wear them out for fuel, the ships. At whose expense is this polar walk?

      If there is also no payment belay... darkness negative
      1. Eugene-Eugene
        24 March 2021 11: 34
        0
        Where did you get such outrageous pessimism, madam?
  7. YOUR.
    YOUR. 30 March 2021 12: 07
    0
    When I read the article, I realized one thing - the Germans, the Americans and other adversaries - a skiff, we saved them.
    But after understanding the topic, I found out that the expedition was going according to plan, and the Russian ships (including "Akademik Fedorov" and "Akademik Treshnikov", which were not mentioned), as well as helicopters with airplanes carried out the PLANNED supply, rotation of scientists, including number of Russians, and conducted the research themselves.
    The "Polar Star" was not thrown onto the ice, but was specially frozen into it. A camp was set up on the ice floe.
    But without the help of the Russian Federation it would be hard.