Opening of the first Arctic Sea Fleet Festival
First Arctic Sea Fleet Festival was held in Arkhangelsk on May 13-15, 2018.
The holiday organized by the Voronin Arctic Maritime Institute – the branch of the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping” and the FSUE “Rosmorport” Arkhangelsk Branch with the support of the Administration of the city of Arkhangelsk was devoted to several milestone events.
This year Russia marks the 325th anniversary of state shipbuilding that has begun in Arkhangelsk. In 1693 Peter the Great laid the keel of the first Russian commercial ship “The Saint Paul” at the Solombala Shipyard. From now on Arkhangelsk has been named “the cradle of domestic shipbuilding”. From 1693 to 1725 about 150 vessels of different types and destination have been built on Pomorye state and private shipyards.
This year FSUE “Rosmorport” also marks a jubilee: Russian largest enterprise of maritime transport and the largest ship owner of diesel electric icebreakers was founded 15 years ago.
The holiday is held on the berths of the seaport of Arkhangelsk. Four icebreakers of the Arkhangelsk Branch – the Dikson, the Kapitan Kosolapov, the Kapitan Yevdokimov and the Kapitan Chadayev, – have been moored at the berths of the seaport and opened for visits by residents and guests of Arkhangelsk.
This holiday navigators of the icebreakers have played the role of guides. Thousands of people, who have arrived at the seaport of Arkhangelsk that day, had an opportunity to visit the icebreakers and study their construction and duties of the crewmembers.
Cadets of Voronin Arctic Maritime Institute and naval sea cadets of the Solovetsky School – future conquerors of the Arctic paraded for the guests of the holiday on the landside on the Severnaya Dvina Embankment.
Nowadays, in the age of the development of high technologies, only a man can cope with the exploration of the Arctic. “However fast technologies develop in the coming decades, or perhaps even centuries, there will be no unmanned vessels sailing in the ices. That is why we wait for young sailors to open new Arctic routes and multiply the ancestors’ glory,” director of the FSUE “Rosmorport” Arkhangelsk Branch Vasily Strugov said at the opening of the first Arctic Sea Fleet Festival.