Russian Icebreakers Signal Mayday

<VLADIVOSTOK, December 31 (Itar-Tass) -- More than 600 crewmembers are aboard the ten vessels trapped in the ice in the Sea of Okhotsk. Distress signals have been received from the Sodruzhestvo fishing mother ship and the Professor Kizevetter scientific research vessel. All their attempts to get to the clear water have failed, the state sea rescue coordination centre … [Read more...]

News Update: M/V Arctic Sea

Moscow - There were no weapons being smuggled on board the hijacked "Arctic Sea" freighter according to the conclusions of a Russian investigation into the vessel, reported the Interfax news agency on Wednesday. Speculation has mounted ever since the ship went missing on July 24, to be subsequently rescued by Russian forces on August 17, that it had not carried lumber, as … [Read more...]

5 Ships Sink in Russia – Death and Environmental Catastrophe

Breaking weather news from Russia. Bloomberg tells us; An oil spill from a tanker that sank in a storm in waters between Russia and Ukraine threatens an ``environmental catastrophe,'' said Vladimir Slivyak, head of the Moscow-based Ecodefense group. The Volgoneft-139 leaked 1,300 tons of fuel oil into the Kerch Strait linking the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, a Russian … [Read more...]