Akademik Sergey Vavilov
The 385' Vavilov is a relatively new Scandinavian-built ice-strengthened Russian research vessel designed for sensitive hydro-acoustic work in polar climates. It is named for a Russian physicist. Its two powerful engines run extremely quietly and give it a cruising speed of 14.5 knots. Thrusters allow the ship to move straight sideways and to pivot about its center. The ship is very heavily stabilized. Charlotte is not a good person to ask because she does not get seasick anyway, but this ship is very comfortable in heavy seas. We sailed with 94 passengers from all over the world, the Russian crew, the Australian outfitters (Peregrine Expeditions), and the photographic staff and lecturers (also from all over). Landings were made from Zodiacs.
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