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      St. Petersburg, Russia

      After waiting for the Annunciation bridge connecting the Vasilievsky Islands with the city centre to rise and for large commercial ships to use it, Energy Observer entered the Neva River.

      Coming from: Tallin, Estonia

      Time of arrival: 7:00 AM

      It is following “Voiles écarlates”, this mythical all-nighter in St. Petersburg whose festival will take place in a few days that Energy Observer has crossed the bridge to moor at the foot of the Hermitage, the Admiralty and the Winter Palace.

      • Energy Observer in St Petersburg

      On board, the French Ambassador to Russia, Sylvie Bermann, the Consul General of France in Russia, Hughes de Chavagnac and their teams were present to welcome the ship and share in this memorable arrival.

      “We are arriving at the 41st stopover of our round the world trip: Saint Petersburg, a magnificent place that I had the opportunity to discover 9 years ago during the Vendée Saint Petersburg race in a trimaran. After Sweden, Finland and Estonia, we are now in Russia with 100% battery and hydrogen levels. A great omen for our future departure towards the Great North towards Spitsbergen!”

      Victorien Erussard, President, founder and captain

      Energy Observer is preparing for many events with a presentation of the project at the French Institute this evening for a large audience in the presence of the captain and the team on board.

      Meeting with Tara

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      On our way to the Spitsbergen, Energy Observer stopped briefly in Visby to say hi to the Fondation Tara Ocean, her heart sister and the last boat of Sir Peter Blake, one of Energy Observer’s first skipper... a truly historical moment! Both boats were also designed by the same architect Olivier Petit. As a research boat, Tara has been sailing the seas for the past 13 years to analyse and understand marine ecosystems and the impact micro plastic has on them. This year, the famous boat’s mission is to navigate up stream of the major European rivers to determine the source of micro plastics found in our oceans. We wish them farewell!

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      Next stopover : the Spitsbergen