Russia's 59th Antarctic expedition comes to end

The Academician Treshnikov expedition vessel will arrive in St. Petersburg on Monday to complete the 59th Russian Antarctic expedition.

The Academician Treshnikov expedition vessel will arrive in St. Petersburg on Monday to complete the 59th Russian Antarctic expedition.

The vessel is carrying 88 people, including 27 expedition crewmembers, the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute said. "Its arrival will complete the program of monitoring and works of the 58th winter and 59th seasonal expeditions," the institute indicated.

It said the 59th seasonal expedition's tasks had been fully accomplished. The ship accommodated hydrographic studies of the oceanic bottom. Oceanologists, geologists, hydro-biologists and meteorologists stationed aboard the Academician Treshnikov collected new data with the use of modern observation instruments.

Once the Academician Treshnikov is unloaded and undergoes maintenance, it will go on the first Arctic voyage to collect scientific data for the Arctic shelf hydrocarbon projects pending in Siberia, the institute said.

The 59th expedition was launched last November to fulfill 69 research programs of 24 Russian research and production organizations. It was expected to implement ten joint projects with the national Antarctic expeditions of Australia, Belarus, Germany, South Korea, the United States and Ukraine.

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