The pontoon with the salvaged Kursk nuclear submarine has to cover 50 more nautical miles (93 kilometres) before it reaches the Kola Bay, Aide to the Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Captain 1st rank Igor Dygalo was quoted as saying on Tuesday. In his words, the Giant-4 pontoon towed by the Smit Wijs tug, is currently moving at its highest speed of 3 knots (5.5 kph) towards the Kola Bay. By 10:00 a. m., Moscow time, the pontoon had covered 35 miles (65 km) from the wreck site. Weather conditions in the zone of the Giant-4 course: wind velocity - approximately 5 mps, sea swell - 1 point. The Kursk nuclear submarine was attached to the Giant-4 pontoon on Monday.
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969