Russian media report reefer Irina issued distress signal at 2120 Moscow time Jan 03 2012, vessel disabled in stormy Okhotsk sea 13 miles off Kunashir Island coastline (southernmost Kuril Archipelago Island, next to Hokkaido). Character of distress unclear, presumably engine is down, there is water ingress in engine room, crew controlling water ingress with pumps. Nearby reefer Tatarstan was directed to distressed Irina and is standing by. Salvage tug Atlas left Korsakov port, Sakhalin, at 2230 Moscow time same day, with less than 24 hours to reach Irina. Crew is 19, all Russians, cargo 500 tons of frozen fish. Wind is up to 30 meters/sec, sea up to 6 meters, though media don’t report the direction, if cyclone is from south direction, it’s not so dangerous.


Reefer Irina (ex Vega) IMO  8204078, dwt 3847, built 1982, flag Russia, manager BRIG-STAR SHIPPING CO LTD, Vladivostok.