For more than a month, the consolidated group of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia worked as part of a scientific expedition on board the ship “Academician Mstislav Keldysh” together with scientists from the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Research Center “Kurchatov Institute”. The objectives of the expedition were to study the ecosystem of the Kara basin during the ice age and to assess the condition of underwater potentially dangerous objects flooded decades ago in the area of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.
“Specialists of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia have been taking part in these research expeditions since 2020. In the last, 92nd expedition in the Kara Sea, 5 of our rescuers worked – representatives of the Leader Center and the North-Western Regional Search and Rescue Squad of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia. Despite the harsh weather conditions – low air temperature, snowfall, strong wind, ice formation – they successfully completed the task of surveying objects in the bays of Prosperity and Stepovoye and made their contribution to Russian science,” said the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia Alexander Kurenkov.
In the expedition, the department’s employees used a remote-controlled uninhabited underwater vehicle “Falcon”. It allows you to carry out search and inspection work in the waters, to take pictures in real time. Equipped with a manipulator for carrying out simple work under water. With its help, rescuers installed a spectrometer at a depth of about 30 meters on one of the potentially dangerous underwater objects. The study took place during the day. In parallel with the Falcon, the Rovbuilder-600 device with similar functions was used.
Now the materials selected during the expedition are undergoing research. It is already known that the radiation situation at the flooded facilities is not dangerous at the moment.