Shipowners are warned of difficult ice conditions in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk

Rosrybolovstvo demands that ship owners take safety measures on ships fishing in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, in some areas of which a difficult ice situation has developed.

Notes and observations 2470 03 января, 2014 fishnet.ru

The Primorsky Department of Rosrybolovstvo reports that ice fields with a concentration of 8-10 points formed in the Sakhalin Bay, the northern part of the Tatar Strait, the western and eastern coasts of Kamchatka, due to the unstable wind direction in the first decade of January, can lead to emergency situations on ships.

Vessels should be manned with experienced crews, provided with proven life-saving appliances, equipment for electro-radio navigation.

"It is inadmissible to operate vessels, the structure and technical condition of which does not meet the requirements of severe navigation conditions and have restrictions on ice class and navigation areas established by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping," the message says.

During the New Year holidays, shipowners are instructed to ensure constant stable communication with ships, the watch of trained specialists capable of assessing the hydrometeological situation in the areas where ships are located.

Rosrybolovstvo demands to take measures to exclude a repetition of the January 2011 situation in the Sakhalin Gulf. Then 10 ships from Primorye got stuck in the ice, icebreakers were used to free them from ice captivity.

As reported, on Monday morning, the Diomid transport ship (owned by Vladivostok's Grand Marine LLC) got stuck in the ice in the Sakhalin Bay. There is no threat to the life of the crew of 15 people, there are empty containers on board.

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