Ukraine buys ice-breaker James Clark Ross from Great Britain

Source : 112 Ukraine

After 30 years of service in the British mission, the explorer ship was sold to Ukraine's Antarctic station Akademik Vernadsky
20:44, 19 August 2021

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Ukraine has purchased the James Clark Ross explorer ship from Great Britain; the icebreaker may be used for Antarctic missions. This is mentioned in the statement of British Embassy on Facebook.

"After 30 years in British Antarctic mission, James Clark Ross icebreaker was sold to Ukrainian Antarctic station Akademik Vernadsky", reads the message. 

It's the second case of passage of British exploring assets to Ukraine. Earlier, the British handed Faraday station to Ukraine in 1996; it is now known as Akademik Vernadsky.

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The vessel will open new opportunities for Ukrainian scientists who can now explore oceanic life and observe climate changes in polar regions.

In June, Ukraine and the UK signed a memorandum of development of the Ukrainian naval fleet. The memorandum foresees joint development and construction of military vessels in Ukraine and the UK, reconstruction of shipbuilding enterprises and construction of two Navy bases.

Related: Google releases new doodle to mark anniversary of Vernadsky Research Base

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