Vasiliy Golovnin Crosses into Antarctic Waters

  • MV Vasiliy Golovnin, is an expedition vessel chartered by India.
  • Embarked on its journey from Cape Town to Antarctica for the 43rd ISEA Voyage in December 23, 2023.
  • Composed of 21 members from India, one from Bangladesh, and two from Mauritius.
  • Air support is facilitated by two helicopters: an Aerospatiale 350 B3 and a KAMOV 32.
  • The voyage is overseen by M/S FESCO in Vladivostok.
  • Fueling was done by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), at Goa and Cape Town ports.
  • For the first time, fueling was undertaken at Cape Town by an Indian PSU – HPCL Aviation SBU through HPCL Middle East FZCO at Cape Town
  • The first iceberg was sighted from 53°24’South and 77°10’east.
  • It entered the Antarctic waters at 17:55 UTC on 3 Jan 2024.
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