Ponomarenko Vitaly Ivanovich 

Soviet Arctic hydrograph. 
He was born in Kherson in the family of an employee, but soon moved to Leningrad, with whom his whole subsequent life was connected. He finished school already during the blockade. Like most of Leningrad, the young man participated in defense works on the approaches to the city. After graduating from school, he had to serve as a private soldier in the railway troops, as part of which he restored fortifications, bridges, and railroad tracks under bombings and shelling. In the next part of him served his father, who died from a shell in Kobona. 
At the end of the war Ponomarenko went to study at the Hydrographic Institute of Glavsevmorput, which was later transformed into the Higher Naval Engineering School Makarova. His long-time dream of working in the Arctic has come true. Already in practice, he participated in marine Arctic surveying, the work of the Arctic hydrograph became a matter of his life. Ponomarenko graduated from graduate school, but did not become a teacher - he was drawn, attracted by expeditionary work in the Arctic. He added to the circle of people "sick" by the Arctic. As an employee of  the Main Directorate of the Northern Sea Route every spring, Ponomarenko headed for Arkhangelsk or Dikson, which were the starting points of the Arctic expeditions. He has tens of thousands of maritime surveyed tacks in the open spaces of the Barents and Kara Seas, landings on countless islands and islands of the skerries of Minin, the Nordenskjold archipelago, etc. 
Ponomarenko was always distinguished by his creative approach to his duties, was the author of many inventions, development proposals, improvements, and publications. 
In the last years of his short life he headed the department of navigator and hydrographic equipment Hydrographic Enterprise Ministry of the Navy. With his active participation, special hydrographic vessels have been developed and built. 
He died during a business trip in Turku, Finland. He was buried in Leningrad at the Serafimov cemetery. 
Cape in the west of the Plosky Island in the group of the islands of Chellman schery Minin in the Kara Sea. Named in 1975. The name was approved by the decision of the Dikson regional executive committee of March 20, 1972.


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