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Crew of Diomid ship stranded at Sakhalin evacuated by helicopter

January 16, 2014, 15:15 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK

The Diomid vessel got into the ice trap in late December, 2013

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VLADIVOSTOK, January 16. /ITAR-TASS/. The crew of the Diomid motor ship that stranded in ice near the Sakhalin Island, on Thursday was evacuated by a Mi-8 helicopter to the city of Nikolayevsk-on-Amur in Khabarovsk Krai. The ship’s chief engineer, second engineer and a security guard, who were airlifted to the ship from Vladivostok, will stay on the vessel for the winter. Thirteen crewmembers, including the Diomid captain, have been evacuated, the Vladivostok Shipping Company to which the Diomid belongs, told Itar-Tass.

The Mi-8 helicopter has also delivered to the motor ship three fan heaters, two mobile diesel generators, cabin heaters, kerosene and diesel fuel, felt boots and warm clothes for the winterers. They will settle on the vessel that is stuck in the ice, determine what else they need for the long wintering, after which another helicopter will deliver additional supplied to the Diomid ship.

The Diomid vessel (port of registry Vladivostok) got into the ice trap in late December, 2013. The motor ship was en route from Magadan to the Primorsky region, but on December 28 a severe storm made it shelter in the waters of Sakhalin Bay. Two days later, heavy ice blocked the bay and the vessel, despite her big size (113 meters long; deadweight 9,575 tonnes) could not access the open water independently. The ship may remain in the ice until May until ice in the Sea of Okhotsk gives way.

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