The Soviet Union's largest oceanographic survey ship the 6,800 ton "Akademik Kurchatov" arrived in New York on Monday (2 July).
The Soviet Union's largest oceanographic survey ship the 6,800 ton "Akademik Kurchatov" arrived in New York on Monday (2 July). She'll be taking a party of Soviet and United States scientists on a three week expedition to the waters off Iceland in the North Atlantic Ocean.
The Kurchatov's skipper, Captain Edward Rebains, was met at his Manhattan berth by a party from Columbia University, which will be represented on the voyage. The joint expedition is the first since President Nixon and the Soviet leader, Mr. Brezhnev, singed an agreement last month for large-scale co-operation in ocean research..
The Kurchatov normally carries a complement of 137...62 of them scientists. Of these nearly a third are women. One of the main aims of the voyage will be to examine the geology of Iceland and its relationship with the mid-Atlantic ridge, an underwater chain of mountains.