Russian tanker Marine Alliance, carrying almost 800 tons of fuel oil, was left afloat in the Sea of Japan when its main engine failed, said Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations yesterday. “The tanker Marine Alliance, which was sailing to the [Russian Pacific] port of Nakhodka, has been disabled due to a failure of its main engine,” according to a statement released by the ministry. No information as to the weather conditions at the area has been given.
The tanker had 20 crew members aboard it, but they did not suffer any injuries as a result of the incident. Apparently, the Marine Alliance had already previously suffered engine failure on February 7 in the rough waters of the Sea of Japan. At the time, it was drifting towards Okushiri Island, north of Tsugaru Strait before a Japanese salvage vessel took the tanker on tow the next day and brought it to Hakodate port, Hokkaido, on February 11, reported Russia’s Maritime Bulletin.
The ministry statement in this recent setback went on to say that the tanker will be towed by another Russian vessel, Georgiy Froier, which, at the time the statement was released, was already on its way to where the Marine Alliance was waiting. It is estimated that the Georgiy Froier should have already gotten the Marine Alliance by now, but no new developments have been reported as of yet.
[via Itar Tass]
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