Icebreaker “Admiral Makarov” returned to Vladivostok

Open sea icebreaker “Admiral Makarov”, operated by Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO), returned from Baltic Sea to Vladivostok, its home port, having passed along the Sea North Route, after more than three years of autonomous work far away from the native shore.

“Admiral Makarov” left the port of Vladivostok on 27 June 2003 and worked in the Baltic Sea for three years (1224 days). During this period in ice-bound conditions of the Bay of Finland there were 650 different vessels, escorted to and from the port of Primorsk, the biggest oil-loading sea port in the North-West of Russian Federation and the most important junction of oil transshipment to Europe from Western Siberia and Ural and Volga Region deposits. According to the development plan, in 2006 the port traffic will reach 60 million tons.

During winter navigation of 2003-004 the icebreaker escorted 234 tankers, in 2004-2005 navigation period – 151 vessels (including 132 tankers), in 2005-2006 – 265 vessels. During this period the icebreaker passed in conditions of escorting 23 794 miles for 2700 hours of operation (which is 2 thousand miles longer than Equator) and had worked the longest sailing hours among all open sea icebreaker in Baltic Sea.

On completion of Baltic navigation this summer the icebreaker has covered the Sea North Route from Murmansk to Pevek just in 8 days, providing icebreaking services in the Eastern sector of Arctic, after what “Admiral Makarov” arrived to the port of Vladivostok on 4 November.

After maintenance the icebreaker will leave Vladivostok for Tatar Strait, where along with icebreaker “Krasin” it will escort large-capacity tankers in the framework of international project “Sakhalin-1”. As it is stipulated in the agreement made, for 10 years these icebreakers will provide escort for tankers of Aframax type ( with deadweight more than 100 thousand tons) with crude oil to the port of DeKastri.

The choice of FESCO icebreakers for the biggest international projects on oil and gas production on the Sakhalin shelf is not random, as FESCO sailors possess unique experience of ice-bound navigation.

Legendary captain Vadim Ivanovich Abonosimov was the first master to assume the leadership of the icebreaker “Admiral Makarov”. In far 1975 he accepted the icebreaker at Finnish shipbuilding yard Vjartsilja, having attended its construction at every stage. He gave fifteen years of his life to the work on this icebreaker, which became very own to him. On “Makarov” V.I. Abonosimov completed an exceptionally difficult Arctic navigation in 1983. He was honoured with high government awards – two Orders of Lenin, Golden Star of Hero of Socialist Labour and other orders and medals.

At present experienced sea captains Gennady Antokhin and Anatoly Kovalenko take leadership of the icebreaker “Admiral Makarov”.

Captain G. I. Antokhin dedicated all his professional life to the FESCO icebreaking fleet. By the order of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin Gennady Antohkin was the first from primorians to be awarded with Distinguished Sea Service Order. He was also awarded with The Red Banner of Labour, Order of Valour, merit badge Honorary Transport Worker of Russia for his merits in research, exploration and use of Arctic and freezing seas of the Far East, in securance and development of polar and subpolar regions of Russia. He also contributed a lot towards the development of ice navigation tactics for modern icebreakers and transportation vessels that significantly increased the work efficiency and navigation safety in Arctic, Antarctic and freezing seas of Russian Far East.

Captain A. M. Kovalenko, an experienced captain and honorary polar explorer, started his career in FESCO in 1971 and in 1973 came on the icebreaker “Vladivostok” as the second mate. He was in the leadership of the icebreakers “Leningrad”, “Vladivostok”, “Moscow”, “Ermak”. By the order of the President of 30 December 1995 he was awarded as Honorary Transport Worker of Russia. He was also awarded with merit badge “For 20 Years of Faultless Performance” and “Honorary Marine Worker”

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Shipping

Open sea icebreaker “Admiral Makarov”

Open sea icebreaker “Admiral Makarov”

Captain V. I. Abonosimov

Captain V. I. Abonosimov

Captain G. I. Antokhin

Captain G. I. Antokhin

Captain V. K. Kovalchyuk

Captain V. K. Kovalchyuk