Freighter Samarga under tow to Donghae, Japan sea
Disabled general cargo vessel Samarga was taken under tow in the afternoon Dec 26 by a salvage tug Lazurit, Japan sea. Samarga is to be towed to Donghae, South Korea. Weather is favourable, with moderate wind and sea, ETA Donghae Dec 28 12.
UPDATE: Freighter Amurskaya hull could have been damaged during loading.
November 19, 2012
The hull of the Amurskaya bulk-carrier, which has sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk recently, could have been damaged during the loading of gold-bearing ore. Investigators believe the damage may have been done by the use of the high tide-low tide method. Meanwhile, the search is continuing for the missing ship crewmembers. The BE-200 amphibious plane is exploring the water area and coastal area of the Shantar Islands, where the accident occurred. Earlier, rescuers spotted, from aboard the plane, something that looked like a life raft there, but then they lost sight of it. The Amurskaya freighter ship was transporting ore with an overload in excess of 100 tons when she was lost in the area of the Shantar Islands on October 28. An approximately 10-strong crew was on board the ship, according to various reports. The sunken vessel was found at the depth of 25 metres several days later. The body of one crewmember was also found. But what may have happened to the rest of the crew remains unknown.
See the full story about the freighter Amurskaya: http://ships.ru/ru/28102012-freighter-amurskaya-missing-in-okhotsk-sea
November 19, 2011, ro-ro Sanduga suffered mechanical failure en route from Busan to Vladivostok in Japan sea, fully loaded with cars. Another ro-ro of the same owner, ro-ro Ryofu, came to assist disabled vessel, and managed to take her on tow. Tow broke after several hours of towage, and ship owner requested salvage. Russian State Salvage Agency DVBASU sent salvage tug Lazurit, which arrived to disabled vessel in the morning hours Nov 20, to tow Sanduga to Vladivostok.
Ro-Ro vessel Sanduga IMO 7820241, dwt 3580, built 1979, flag Belize, owner NATIE SHIPPING CO LTD Vladivostok.
Ro-ro vessel Ruofu IMO 8907254, dwt 2553, built 1989, flag Mongolia, owner NATIE SHIPPING CO LTD Vladivostok.
Russian general cargo vessel river-sea type, Vuoksa, ran aground in 38 56N 020 43E, Ionian sea, off Preveza, Greece, on Dec 13, 2011. Circumstances of the grounding yet unknown. Vessel stuck on rocks, and must be off-loaded before refloating attempts, to avoid hull damages. Fore draft loss 0.8 meter, attempts to refloat by own means failed. Bottom is rocks and reefs. Forepeak tank, ballast tanks 1 and 2 are flooded. Propeller and rudder are clear Vessel is loaded with 3000 mt of corn. Vessel is exposed to all winds and sea except East direction, presently weather is good, but any deterioration may endanger the vessel. Offloading deem to be necessary.
General cargo Vuoksa IMO 8866709, dwt 3174, built 1978, flag Russia, owner Marship Co., Moscow.
Photos of the vessel, scheme of grounding and damages.
At about 01:30 LT Dec 15, 2011 fire started in one of the crew’s cabins on board of nuclear icebreaker Vaygach. Icebreaker, escorting one or several merchant vessels, was under way from Dudinka port, Enisey river, Siberia, to Murmansk, still in Enisey, close to river’s estuary. At 04:00 LT crew extinguished the fire, two crew died and one seriously injured, presumably fire started because of negligence of cabin’s inhabitants. Nuclear reactor and all mechanisms didn’t suffer any damages, but vessel assumedly, is ordered to proceed to Dudinka for investigation.
Nuclear icebreaker Vaygach IMO 8417493, displacement 21100, built 1990, flag Russia, owner Russian Government.
Photo of nuclear icebreaker Vaygach
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