Russian Icebreaker to Take Olympic Torch to North Pole

The "50 Years of Victory" icebreaker.

An Olympic organizing committee in Russia unveiled plans today to take the Olympic torch relay to the North Pole ahead of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi this February. To get to there, the torch will depart this October from the port of Murmansk in the extreme northwest part of Russia on board the nuclear powered icebreaker "50 Years of Victory". Once at the North … [Read more...]

Russian Tanker Renda Meets USCG Regs, Gets Underway for Fuel Mission to Nome

russian ice-class tanker renda

(US COAST GUARD) Coast Guard inspectors completed a port state control exam on the double-hulled ice-classed Russian tanker Renda today in Dutch Harbor. "The tanker vessel Renda met all applicable federal laws and regulations and can operate in U.S. waters following the successful completion of a required Coast Guard port state control examination," said Rear Adm. Thomas … [Read more...]

Russian Rig Sinks – 4 Confirmed Dead

Screen shot 2011-12-18 at 9.20.59 AM A Russian oil rig with a crew of 67 people capsized and sank early Sunday morning amid heavy seas off Russia's east coast. The rig, a jack-up that is named Kolskaya, was working under a contract with Russian energy giant Gazprom and was reportedly being towed when it capesized and sank hours later approximately 124 miles off … [Read more...]

Safety violations, poorly trained crew to blame for Russian riverboat sinking that killed 122 [REPORT]


The Russian Investigative Committee said Monday that numerous safety violations and a poorly trained crew are to blame for the July 10 sinking of the riverboat, Bulgaria, on the Volga River located in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan.  The overloaded boat quickly sank in a storm, killing 122 of the more than 200 people on board. "The ship sank because it lost balance in the … [Read more...]

Arctic Sea hijackers sentenced in Russian Court

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Six men have been sentenced to jail for their role of in the 2009 hijacking of the M/V Arctic Sea that disappeared under mysterious circumstances after passing through the English Channel. The men - a Russian, a Latvian and an Estonia, and three others - were given sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in jail. The disappearance of the M/V Arctic Sea made international … [Read more...]