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africa. few other of diesel electric research vessels. and. knowledge of the. ship. then returns to dock. this is the very last opportunity for several weeks to call home with. very soon will be far out of range the ship is setting sail for a inaccessible area if there's any kind of emergency no one to provide any kind of help. the russian ships. to the land of eternal ice and snow to antarctica. the first officer will now explain the code of conduct on board there are twenty three passengers aboard the i condemn explore the rough and for some this is their
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first trip to the antarctic zone but for one passenger it's become a familiar journey this is the twenty sixth time he's followed this route. back a nine hundred sixty four. trip we went. who was the first time i felt so acutely just how far away. ten days and nights of ocean like. this is. as you can see there is nothing there. any of the ships just icebergs. no one to relay messages except. as a miles away now. it's now much
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antarctic autumn winter in the southern hemisphere begins at the same time as the northern summer several times over the short summer season the academic field will approach the coast of the most remote. final voyage of the year to live almost a year's worth of food and fuel to the ice stations and take away seasonal crews and aircraft. which. is a tanker or. a passenger ship and an aircraft carrier. detailed navigational and operational plans are in place but has arrived and no one can ever know just what to expect from antarctica. always comes up with surprises. you have to keep your eyes open because there's always something going wrong if it actually goes well for too long i start to worry there's no way
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antarctica will let you go on like that without incident it's unpredictable. bags containing polar clothing are stored in the freezer when the ship left some petersburg four months ago the weather was rainy and damp most of the time if the banks were to get. they may rot in a warm hold to keep them in optimum condition the clothes are kept on ice until they need to get out of there your phrase the standard winter outfit consists of shoes. of cheetah. this one is for winter. the other one is a mid season coat. and this one's for special occasions the coats are much better this time for a look they also have a vest. turn around but did they listen to what we said no they didn't
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one of the straps to be crossed otherwise they slip off your back. where we were at the same comments every single year but it's not so often that they put things right. most of the passengers the mechanics usually go through about four sets of clothing in a year. is to deliver fuel to the most remote and hard to reach stations. is it ok does it look fine of course it's ok for work or wedding. of course it's a little loose it's almost twice the size of you the other drivers have been to antarctica many times. challenging trip one thousand five hundred kilometers from the coast in summer
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temperatures can reach forty. but there. is a staggering minus. this route will take about forty. the trucks can only move very slowly they carry fuel tanks to the highest arctic station which is three and a half meters above sea level but oxygen levels there equate to an altitude of five thousand meters anywhere else. mainframe. all those. factors huge groups that can seem strong can break and snap in freezing temperatures the most difficult part is the route itself seems endless ages just to cover about sixty kilometers. and that's actually good going you can do anything you can make the
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time go faster speed up the process you just pray for the best and hope the truck will fail you you want it to be over soon as possible you just want to be back home and. say you get back home and in time you stuff feeling strong desire. the work is difficult but the guys are great and you feel good once everything is done. even now i want to go as soon as i can. all that will come soon enough for now. and talk to. the ocean appears very come on the bridge of a captain the navigation officer and two helmsmen the crew changes on the way.
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the crew watches reinforced you have to be twice as vigilant the closer you get to antarctica. for. the region is still under explored and. very long distances. these pictures are from nine hundred eighty seven they chronicle the maiden voyage of the academic field off the first diesel electric ice ship to sail to go. first trip was good a really good one. remember we were in the captain's. having. yes i remember that clearly but we were having tea at the table was. there a huge bang and fell off the table. spilled
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everywhere. it was a rock and shone on the chart. everything was fine in the end and the rocks position was mapped. it is. the one hundred eighty seven obstacle course. the ship literally went through a trial of fire and ice. it was about four pm during a tea break we had cabbage pies that day i still remember that and then it all happened. this missile. fire broke out in the engine room one of the pipes burst and fuel oil spill down on to the white hot money fold there was a huge fire even though i feel uncomfortable when i hear
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a fire alarm to change the settings on all our clocks back at home because i can't stand the noise of. the ship went through thick and thin it's the best ship in the whole antarctic never gets the job done it's never failed she's really an incredible ship. it's even written somewhere academic sure that if was the only ship in the world able to reach the north pole alone unaided by an ice breaker who would go to the polls quite often now but we still have a lot of respect for the arctic region it's a really harsh environment and there are nuclear icebreakers there antarctica is even worse besides we can't use nuclear icebreakers antarctica is much worse than the arctic region more severe this is my twenty six trip to antarctica and i've already been to the arctic twenty five times antarctica is much more interesting
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this trip is more fascinating and extensive it takes at least six months to get there the arctic region is like a relaxing walk. only takes about a month. in one thousand nine hundred five. once headed for and talked to some of his plan was to be home after six months but in the end he was away for eleven. ship and set sail later than. it was when the crew reached antarctica is cut through the ice close to the shoreline but they soon discovered that they were too close to crews reaction was well coordinated and fast . as always happens in the weather changed abruptly the ice around the ship stuck together and the vessel became trapped. imagine a sugar bowl. that's been emptied into
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a hollow there's tons of ice all over the place and the ships just not able to move we fought against it for many days trying to move out of there then the wind came up and the ice blocks started to shift to slightly so we were able to work our way through the coastal ice belt a little it almost cracked the whole we tried to head for the open sea but it was already impassable by that time before my feet will the. that was when the crew realized they'd be spending winter aboard the ship there's no way to help a vessel that stuck in an ice trap and so the sum of had to stay just where it was until spring that ship was weak in fact three times weaker than the academic field of this one that might just escape the ice but i'm not really sure. what a formidable the field or of has never been trapped in ice not even once it's very powerful and when circumstances get really difficult we can rely on it we believe
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its power will help and save us more. crew changeover in the engine room twenty two people are involved in here the crews . really. something we have lots of cabbage. we have. to be.
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some of the. grapes. we get back to. food. carrots different types of.
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but according to stump the yolks going off you have to turn them every two weeks. they may get a little dry at the stations because of the low humidity but they will never go bad . when you pour the. place it was a. very hard to take a. chance against long hair a lot happened that had sacks would that make their nuts. cluck.
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cluck. cluck. cluck. cluck if. the people. from the. interviews intriguing story. visit. there's plenty of food fuel.
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to be. drinking water. today the crew will conduct a radio test. within range they are growing all antarctica stations are going to make a radio check. level . now is the time to discuss the details plans for. fuel and food and to evacuate the departing crews from the station the action plan
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was devised some time ago but nothing can be taken for granted in antarctica. we haven't been able to reach if. we couldn't get to the barrier area there was no way to push. from the sea. if. we haven't been able to.
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break through. here there were about four miles of. we were breaking it down for. mother nature. to come through. we can't cut through so much faster. now and last year we couldn't get through when it was just it was more than three meters deep then about a meter of snow on top of that they had no choice but. to the ice. from the. huge chunk. and almost the whole. of the ocean.
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four out of ten fuel tanks were left they had to conserve fuel for the whole. after that well wasn't although a few containers with spare parts and some snowmobiles were also lost. everyone is anxious about what further surprises no hold for now though the. closer to the progress. sometimes surprises too once we have there we were unloading fuel when they started cracking so we had to. we even had to cut it a little it was an emergency and we had to get off quickly but it was impossible to turn back because of an iceberg that was closed by lots of things happening. we had to wait half an hour at the station. was massive but it suddenly started
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cracking. behind us. and stopped. the other way. the critical factor. to pull back and wait for. it turned out that the progress station frontal activity was at its peak for ten days and there was intense and heavy snowfall visibility was practically nothing and the flight was zero so we had to wait ten days until it finally stopped. by. talk to. a very short window of time.
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the only reliable means of getting here is by. c. . receives its full of food and fuel supplies. some unexpected events. is downloaded using a special antenna this vital information is used not just to plot the ship's course but to select the right block of ice on which to land. still remember the. old from a cracking ice book imagine it lifts off the ice cracks right after it it was
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terrifying. taking its first flight. and assembled the ship from where it will take off the scientists to use the plane . from the field station as usual. close to the ship the host of containers is moved down to the ice where the plane is disassembled. that's when the waves came. it started swinging all the way out. i was doing something down in my cabin. sudden i heard a huge noise out there i went to check it out it was the shore. screaming . and the fuel tanks were empty water was very close within just two metres so we had that aircraft up fast
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and get it onto the hatch cover thank god we did it gone the other way it would have caused a lot of trouble now we'll see what the. the waves that caused all the trouble at the station may just help us here at. the most convenient place.
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to quickly. go from here. to the.
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nothing can be left until tomorrow because at any moment conditions might change suddenly and without warning. in the northern hemisphere this kind of wind would be called a hurricane but here it's just a regular storm extreme weather like this is common place in antarctica. as soon as their work was done a huge storm rolled in with winds of up to thirty two meters per second the ship has no choice but to wait until it ends it may take a few days though. the main tasks have been completed. things went smoothly surprisingly it was over very fast i didn't expect that.
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the academic field heads north again to africa after one hundred ninety four days for more than half a year the crew has been out on the open ocean. back of the cape town seaport there's still another twenty eight days or so. but after antarctica even here feels almost like home.
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live. little. cross-talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want. compared to any other big large nationwide institution i would say in the mean bank is almost free from all those mistakes. in a significant number of mistakes happen and we try to rectify it and we try to put in the system where you can detect any fault any any problem that arises in the system because that does system is computer that just so that you can check that from your head office what's going on in that in more villages and that in most branches we work it all would benefit if
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a single diligent man with us as access to mean bank microcredit program so we have all the down the country we have eight and a half million borrowers ninety seven percent of the women that are all connected to the system. unexplored antarctica what is it in this i see expanse that attracts the people who come here . now i only go to the doctor. and enter into. a new generation of polar explorers is coming. we have a new group of specialists here now all of them are young how are they going to get along with each other and i don't know. who. i used to be a bureaucrat. seriously. what adventures await in this mysterious land where they live want to eat and want to be actually doing in antarctica.
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union is ironically taking fish from some of the poorest nations on earth so this is a very serious and very urgent problem that needs immediate international action. give both of them to enter our territorial waters they fish they load the fish into the ships and leave for europe. to day illegal fishing just taking the bread out of our mouths. of the county florida jena lympics what's this place like the line is is so special as the russian resort prepares to welcome the world power the game should be the city's present and future ludlow so it will bring it this is a momentary pause you from a very cold and snowy windy mountainous tough beyond the olympics
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