Icebreakers to lead ship out of ice as weather improves
VLADIVOSTOK, January 22 (Itar-Tass) -- In the Sea of Okhotsk icebreakers are expected to begin to lead the transport refrigerator Bereg Nadezhdy ("Coast of Hope") to the clear water this Saturday. Near the ice-blocked ship, the icebreakers Krasin and Admiral Makarov are in readiness to begin moving. The convoy will start out as the weather improves, the Far Eastern shipping company reported.
On Friday, in the rescue operation area in the Sakhalin Gulf, a strong cyclone raged with heavy snow and wind gusts of up to 15 m/sec. There was strong compression of ice with more than 1,5-metre hummocks. According to Sakhalin meteorologists, a snowstorm hits the bay again on Saturday, but the cyclone is gradually subsiding, and it snows intermittently.
The ships have about 30 miles ahead to reach the clear water. The tanker Victoria is planned to come to the convoy at the clearer area to refuel the icebreakers, and then they will return to the mother ship Sodruzhestvo left in the ice.
The rescue operation began in the Sea of Okhotsk on December 31 when ships trapped in the ice in the Sakhalin Gulf sent a distress signal asking for help. There were the mother ship Sodruzhestvo, the refrigerator Bereg Nadezhdy, the scientific research ship Professor Kizevetter and the trawler Mys Yelizavety. Two vessels have already been brought to a safe area.