Head of the Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route VF Burkhanov reports on the readiness of the expedition at a meeting of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Members of the expedition: M. M. Somov, K. M. Yakubov, A. Polikarpov, V. Babarykin, V. Bulavkin and others. Assembly, packing of equipment, property for the expedition, loading on the diesel-electric ship "Ob". Seeing off the expedition members in the Kaliningrad port. The captain of the vessel I. A. Man gives the command. Diesel-electric ship "Ob" departs from the pier, heading for the shores of Antarctica.