The Russian military freight ship “Sparta-III” got stuck in thick ice in the Yenisei Bay during a commercial voyage, a source in the shipping industry told tass.ru.
On its way from Dudinka to Arkhangelsk on December 13, the 9,490 ton deadweight ship froze in the waters of Yensiey Bay–a long estuary through which the lower Yenisey flows into the Kara Sea, Arctic Russia (shown below).
The ship is owned and operated by Rosoboronlogistika, a military shipping company tasked with transporting goods and equipment to Russian military bases, reports thebarentsobserver.com.
On December 17, it was reported that repeated attempts to break loose had failed and that Rosoboronlogistika had requested emergency assistance from “a big icebreaker.”
According to the source, reserves of fuel and water onboard Sparta-III were running critically low, and the crew had been fighting hard with icing; various equipment onboard had frozen.
The company said in a statement: “As of 18:00 on December 17, 2020, due to deteriorating ice conditions, the vessel is drifting in the Yenisei Gulf. In the coming days, a nuclear icebreaker will be sent to escort the vessel.”
Record breaking cold is persisting across a vast portion of transcontinental Russia with temperatures of -50C (-58F) and below reported:
Such conditions require solid icebreaking capacity for safe navigation, and with an ice-class of just 1A the Sparta-III wasn’t expecting and isn’t equipped for sea ice more than 1 meter (3.3 feet) in thickness.
Stay tuned for updates.
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