It will be a voyage quite out of the ordinary for the crew that on the 18th August sets out from Vladivostok with course for the North. Never before has a sailing ship of this proportion made it across the Arctic route that connects the Asian and European parts of Russia.
The ship is expected to reach its homeport of Kaliningrad on 15th November this year. On its Arctic expedition, the vessel is due to visit the ports of Pevek, Sabetta, and Murmansk. It is also expected to make a halt in the archipelago of Novaya Zemlya.
The crew of the STS Sedov has now sailed more than 3,600 miles from Vladivostok as it journeys on top of the world aiming for its home port Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea by mid-November.
Some 600 miles of their voyage has been under sail.
Already traveling east to west the vessel has passed the spot at which the Vega, sailing west to east, became encased in ice in 1878.
The Northern Sea Route is a shipping route officially defined by Russian legislation as lying east of Novaya Zemlya and specifically running along the Russian Arctic coast from the Kara Sea, along Siberia, to the Bering Strait. The entire route lies in Arctic waters and within Russia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Parts are free of ice for only two months per year.
Until 2017, the “Sedov” homeport was in Murmansk and the sailing vessel has made several voyages in Arctic waters. In 2017, “Sedov” changed homeport to Kaliningrad and managed by the Kaliningrad State Technical University.