Akademik Fyodorov

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R.V. Akademik Fedorov
Name: Akademik Fedorov
Owner: AARI[1]
Port of registry: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Builder: Rauma-Repola, Rauma, Finland[2]
Launched: September 8, 1987[3]
Maiden voyage: October 24, 1987[3]
Identification:IMO number8519837
Status: In service
General characteristics
Tonnage: 12,660 t[1][clarification needed]
Displacement: 16,200 t[1]
Length: 141.2 metres
Beam: 23.5 metres
Draft: 8.5 metres
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)[1]
Capacity: 172 passengers
Crew: 80

RV Akademik Fyodorov (Russian: Академик Фёдоров) is a Russian scientific diesel-electric research vessel, the flagship of the Russian polar research fleet.[4] It was built in Rauma, Finland[5] for the Soviet Union and completed on September 8, 1987. It started operations on October 24, 1987, in the USSR.[3] The ship was named after a Soviet polar explorer, academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences Evgeny Fyodorov, who worked on the first Soviet manned drifting ice station North Pole-1.[6]

2007 Russian North Pole expedition[edit]

Akademik Fyodorov made news on August 1, 2007, when it sailed in the path of an icebreaker on the way to the North Pole as part of Russia's efforts to lay claim to the sea bed beneath the North Pole.

On August 2, 2007, the Akademik Fyodorov sailed with 100 scientists and researchers and two deep sea mini-submarines to the North Pole where the scientists were dispatched to a depth of more than 13,200 feet (4,000 m) where they dropped a titanium capsule containing a Russian flag.

While the dropping of the flag was a symbolic gesture reminiscent of the United States of America's planting of an American flag on the surface of the moon, the act does not guarantee Russian rights to extract oil and gas from the sea bed.

Accordingly, scientists aboard the Akademik Fyodorov were searching for evidence that a 1,240-mile (2,000 km) underwater mountain range, the Lomonosov Ridge, which extends through the north polar region, is actually a geologic extension of Russia, thus allowing Russia to lay claim to the region under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Denmark contends that the Lomonosov Ridge is a geologic extension of Greenland, a Danish territory, whereas Canada claims it is an extension of Ellesmere Island. The Danish and Canadian governments are expected to put forth their own scientific efforts to show that the Lomonosov Ridge is not part of Russia.

Both the United States and Canada also maintain oil and gas rights within the region.


  1. ^ a b c d http://www.ipyeaso.aari.ru/akfedorov.html
  2. ^ Andryushin, Yu.; Solostyanskiy, D. (1986). "(Antarctic Research Ship) Akademik Fedorov". TRID. Washington DC: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
  3. ^ a b c "Information on RV Akademik Fedorov". Federal Target Program World Ocean (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2013-04-17.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-08-04.
  5. ^ European Polar Consortium :: Data base :: Vessel :: Akademik Fedorov[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Герой Советского Союза Фёдоров Евгений Константинович

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