VLADIVOSTOK, February 16 (Itar-Tass) — The Karakum-Neft tanker has ran aground near the Iturup Island of the Kurils chain. It has on board about one thousand tonnes of diesel fuel.
The incident occurred on Wednesday evening. As the night fell, the vessel’s crew comprising 20 men was evacuated ashore and accommodated in a hotel. Nobody needs medical assistance, the press service of the Far Eastern regional emergencies centre reported.
The tanker ran aground as it was moving out of the Kitovaya Bay, 5 km from the town of Kurilsk. The vessel that is 80 metres from the shore did not transmit a distress signal. The tanker has been examined by rescuers who found no holes in it, there was no spill of petroleum products. The Karakum-Neft tanker’s homeport is Vladivostok.