12.11.2020 – DRIFTED EMERGENCY VESSEL “VASILY SHUKSHIN” WAS TOWED TO THE PORT VOSTOCHNIY, FAR EAST
The crew of the multifunctional rescue vessel "Spasatel Zaborshchikov" of the Primorsk branch of the Marine Rescue Service was delivered by the emergency vessel "Vasily Shukshin" to the port of Vostochny and handed it over to the harbor tugs.
The vessel was en route from the port of Busan (South Korea) to the port of Vostochny (Russian Federation) with dangerous cargo, but on the way to the final point of the route it lost her speed and drifted, - reports the Marine Rescue Service of Rosmorrechflot.
The dry cargo vessel Vasily Shukshin (length - 89.48 m, width - 13.4 m, draft - 3.2 m) drifted 35 miles south-southeast of the port of Vostochny. According to the captain, the vessel could not continue to move due to lack of fuel. On board were eleven crew members, all citizens of Russia, three of whom are sick - suspicion of COVID-19. The ship's cargo is twelve 20-foot containers with dangerous cargo of class 7, with a total weight of 179.43 tons. After the representatives of the shipowner addressed the Marine Rescue Service with a request to provide assistance to the damaged vessel, the IFAS " Spasatel Zaborshchikov " was sent to the drift point. The crew of the damaged vessel made attempts to cope with the situation on their own, but then the captain, together with the rescuers, decided to start towing.
The emergency towing lasted about 10 hours, the average speed was 5 knots. After the arrival of the damaged vessel "Vasily Shukshin" at the port of Vostochny, the crew was provided with the necessary assistance, the sailors who were suspected of COVID-19 were isolated, and doctors were engaged in them.