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Russia unable to deploy floating polar station in 2014: scientist

English.news.cn   2014-01-14 20:53:27

MOSCOW, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Russia would not deploy its floating polar scientific station SP-41 this year due to lack of fund, a leading scientist from a state research center said Tuesday.

"Financial capabilities would not leave us a chance to deploy the next floating station," Vladimir Sokolov, head of the High-Latitude Expedition program of the Arctic and Antarctic Scientific and Research Institute, told the Interfax news agency.

The institute belongs to the Russian Federal Service on Hydrometeorology and Environmental Protection.

According to Sokolov, current fees of the nuclear icebreakers fleet set by its owner, Atomflot, had been unaffordable for the institute this year.

The state-run enterprise Atomflot was established to support expeditionary, scientific and research work in Russia's Arctic sector, as well as for conducting other navigational support and tourism service at high seas.

Sokolov lamented the situation, saying that technologies and experience of the Russian drifting polar stations had been unique.

"This is a blow for both Russian and international science," he said.

The SP-40 station was deployed in October 2012 and was evacuated in May 2013, three months ahead of schedule, after the ice floe it was sitting at had disintegrated.

Editor: Fu Peng
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