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Quark Expeditions, Inc.

Quark Expeditions of Darien, Connecticut, is planning approximately 31 cruises to the Antarctic during 2004-2005 season using four chartered vessels. The Professor Molchanov will conduct 11 cruises, the Professor Multanovskiy will conduct 10 cruises, the Lyubov Orlova will conduct 7 cruises, and the Kapitan Khlebnikov will conduct three cruises.

ITINERARY: Sites visited may vary depending on weather and ice conditions as well as length of cruise, and may include Zhongshan Base, Larsemann Hills, Amanda Bay, Davis Station, West Ice Shelf, Queen Mary Coast, Davis Sea, Shackleton Ice Shelf, Petersen Bank, Casey Station, Ross Sea, Victoria Land, Robertson Land, Cape Adare, Cape Hallett, Edisto Inlet, Possession Islands, Terra Nova Bay, Drygalski Ice Tongue, Campbell Glacier Tongue, Cape Roget, Coulman Island, Cape Washington, Franklin Island, Dry Valleys, Ross Island, Cape Royds, Cape Evans, Hut Point, Ross Ice Shelf, McMurdo Sound, McMurdo Station, Scott Base, Balleny Islands, Weddell Sea, Princess Martha Coast, Cape Norvegia, Atka Bay, Neumayer Station, Paulet Island, Antarctic Sound, Antarctic Peninsula, Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands, Deception Island, Paradise Harbor, Neko Harbor, Port Lockroy, Neumayer Channel, Lemaire Channel, Petermann Island, Portal Point, Hannah Point, and Aitcho Islands.

M/V Professor Molchanov

The vessel is of Russian registry and is 235 feet long, 42 feet wide and has a draft of 15 feet. Its gross registered tonnage is 1754. The hull’s ice classification is KM*UL[1]A2, Canadian Type A. The Molchanov is powered by two 2,300 kW diesel engines and has both bow and stern thrusters. The vessel carries 44 passengers and 32 crew.

Schedules for each of the cruises follow:

  1. Depart Ushuaia November 10, 2004, arrive Ushuaia November 28 (in Treaty area November 24 - 26)
  2. Depart Ushuaia November 29, arrive Ushuaia December 8 (in Treaty area December 3 - 6)
  3. Depart Ushuaia December 9, arrive Ushuaia December 17 (in Treaty area December 12 - 15)
  4. Depart Ushuaia December 18, arrive Ushuaia December 26 (in Treaty area December 21 - 24)
  5. Depart Ushuaia December 27, arrive Ushuaia January 4, 2005 (in Treaty area December 31 - January 3, 2005)
  6. Depart Ushuaia January 5, arrive Ushuaia January 22 (in Treaty area January 18 – 20)
  7. Depart Ushuaia January 23, arrive Ushuaia February 1 (in Treaty area January 26 - 29)
  8. Depart Ushuaia February 2, arrive Ushuaia February 11 (in Treaty area February 5 - 8)
  9. Depart Ushuaia February 12, arrive Ushuaia February 21 (in Treaty area February 15 – 18)
  10. Depart Ushuaia February 22, arrive Ushuaia March 3 (in Treaty area February 25 – 28)
  11. Depart Ushuaia March 2, arrive Ushuaia March 21 (in Treaty area March 6 – 8)

M/V Kapitan Khlebnikov

The vessel was built in 1981 at the Waratsila Shipyard, Helsinki, Finland. The ship is owned by FESCO, Vladivostok. The call letters are UTSU. The Khlebnikov is 132.4 meters in length, 26.5 meters in breadth, has an 8.5 meter draft and has a displacement of 18,000 tons. Diesel-electric motors producing 22,000 h.p power the vessel, driving 3 propellers permitting a maximum speed of 19 knots. The vessel is classified as an icebreaker. The Khlebnikov carries four Mark V heavy-duty zodiacs, in addition to two MI2 helicopters for ice reconnaissance and passenger transport. Approximately 112 passengers and 50 crew members will be onboard for each cruise.

Schedules for each of the cruises follow:

  1. Depart Ushuaia December 17, 2004, arrive Lyttleton January 14 (in Treaty area December 19 – January 8, 2005)
  2. Depart Lyttleton January 15, arrive Hobart February 7 (in Treaty area January 19 - February 2)
  3. Depart Hobart February 7, arrive Hobart March 2, 2005 (in Treaty area February 12 – 25, 2005)

M/V Professor Multanovskiy

The vessel was during the 1980’s at the Waratsila Shipyard, Helsinki, Finland, and refurbished in 1997. The ship is owned by FESCO, Vladivostok. The Multanovskiy is 71.6 meters in length, 12.8 meters in breadth, has a 4.5 meter draft, and has a displacement of 2,140 tons. The vessel is powered by diesel-electric motors producing 1,560 h.p., permitting a maximum speed of 19 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened. Approximately 49 passengers and 20 crew members will be onboard for each cruise.

Schedules for each of the cruises follows:

  1. Depart Ushuaia November 6, 2004, arrive Ushuaia December 25 (in Treaty area November 19 – 22)
  2. Depart Ushuaia November 26, arrive Ushuaia December 11 (in Treaty area December 6 - 9)
  3. Depart Ushuaia December 12, arrive Ushuaia December 20 (in Treaty area December 16 - 19)
  4. Depart Ushuaia December 20, arrive Ushuaia December 29 (in Treaty area December 25 - 28)
  5. Depart Ushuaia December 30, arrive Ushuaia January 8, 2005 (in Treaty area January 3 - 6, 2005)
  6. Depart Ushuaia January 9, arrive Ushuaia January 26 (in Treaty area January 21 – 24)
  7. Depart Ushuaia January 27, arrive Ushuaia February 5 (in Treaty area January 31 - February 3)
  8. Depart Ushuaia February 6, arrive Ushuaia February 15 (in Treaty area February 10 - 13)
  9. Depart Ushuaia February 16, arrive Ushuaia February 25 (in Treaty area February 20 - 23)
  10. Depart Ushuaia February 26, arrive Ushuaia March 8 (in Treaty area March 2 - 5).

M/V Lubov Orlova

The vessel was built in 1976 in Yugoslavia and refurbished in 1999. The Orlova is 90.9 meters in length, 16.2 meters in breadth, and has a 7 meter draft. The vessel is powered by diesel-electric motors permitting a maximum speed of 14 knots. The vessel is ice-strengthened, with an ice classification of 100 1A... Approximately 110 passengers and 53 crew members will be onboard for each cruise.

Schedules for each of the cruises follows:

  1. Depart Ushuaia November 9, 2004, arrive Ushuaia November 20 (in Treaty area November 14 - 17)
  2. Depart Ushuaia December 16, arrive Ushuaia December 27 (in Treaty area December 21 – 24)
  3. Depart Ushuaia December 26, arrive Ushuaia January 4, 2005 (in Treaty area December 31 – January 3)
  4. Depart Ushuaia January 5, arrive Ushuaia January 22 (in Treaty area January 17 - 19)
  5. Depart Ushuaia January 23, arrive Ushuaia February 1 (in Treaty area January 27 - 30)
  6. Depart Ushuaia February 2, arrive Ushuaia February 10 (in Treaty area January 6 - 9)
  7. Depart Ushuaia February 11, arrive Ushuaia February 2011 (in Treaty area February 15 – 18)

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