Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy Accepts Sedov Into Service
On the 1st of June the academy held a press conference and told about plans on the barque. On the 18th of June the vessel started her first voyage of 2017 and first under the flag of BFFSA.
Since 1991 Sedov has been sailing under operational management of Murmansk State Technical University. On the 22nd of May 2017 the barque has been passed from MSTU to Kaliningrad State Technical University. As the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency reports, this decision was made in order to save the scope of use of the vessel during the practice for cadets. What also played in favor of Kaliningrad was the fact that the region has enough shipyards where Sedov could be repaired and maintained in right condition.
Now, The Baltic Fishing Fleet State Academy operates two of the biggest and most recognized sail training ships – Kruzenshtern and Sedov.
Last Sunday, June the 18th, Sedov finally started her first voyage of 2017. The barque is carrying ob board 114 cadets from Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Kerch and Kaliningrad. Sedov is following Kruzenshtern’s route and is planning to take part in Tall Ship Race 2017. The next port of call for Sedov is Den Helder (The Netherlands). The vessel is expected to call in port on the 23rd or 24th of June.
Sedov was built in 1921 in Kiel, Germany and was formerly was called Magdalene Vinnen II (1921–1936) and Kommodore Johnsen (–1948). The barque came under Russian state ownership after the surrender of Germany — on 20 December 1945, the British handed over the ship to the Soviet Union as war reparation. Originally built as a German cargo ship, she was converted into a sail training vessel of the Soviet Navy and was renamed Sedov after the Arctic explorer Georgy Sedov. In 2012 Sedov started her first voyage around the world of more than 13 months. The voyage ended on 20 July 2013 at Saint Petersburg, Russia.