Paintings by Chagall, Russian 16th century icons to be on display at art fair in BrusselsSociety & Culture January 16, 21:50
Russia calls to probe into attack on Moscow Patriarchate’s church in Kiev — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 21:25
Russia, US start restoring business ties — ombudsmanBusiness & Economy January 16, 21:21
Figure skating pairs competition excluded from schedule of 2017 Winter UniversiadeSport January 16, 20:34
DPR top diplomat blames Kiev for dodging discussion of Steinmeier formula implementationWorld January 16, 20:14
IMF maintains forecast for global economy growth in 2017 at 3.4%Business & Economy January 16, 19:45
Six more settlements join Syria ceasefire regime — Defense MinistryWorld January 16, 19:22
Foreign Ministry: Washington initiating new arms race in EuropeRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 19:15
Diplomat says anti-terror efforts must not be hostage to political ambitionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 16, 19:08
VLADIVOSTOK, December 10 (Itar-Tass) — A storm in Tartary Strait of the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on Monday hampered an operation aimed at refloating the grounded motorship Melody.
The rescue boat Atlas, which sought to refloate the dry-cargo ship on Sunday, had to go to the open sea because of a storm. The Melody remains grounded in the sand near the coastline of Sakhallin's Cape Krilon.
The sea rescue coordinating subcenter "Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk" reports that on Sunday a 700-metre tow line was stretched taut between the Atlas and the stricken ship. The high-powered rescue vessel made efforts to refloat the motorship and managed to shift it but a storm forced the Atlas to go to the open sea to prevent being grounded as well.
According to weather reports, wind velocity in the area of Cape Krilon is 15 metres per second and waves are three metres high. The stricken ship ran into deep into the sand for the lenght of half-a-hull at a distance of 35 km from Shebunino Village, Nevelsk District of Sakhalin Region.
The motorship's crew consists of nine people. The shipmaster of the Melody turned down an evacuation offer from rescuers. None of seamen has been hurt, and noone is in need of medical aid. The crew is provided with food and drinking water, and the ship equipment is serviceable.
The motorship Melody was cast aground on December7 in the morning when it was on its way from Vladivostok to Sakhalin's port Korsakov. The transport shipm which is 84 metres long and has a deadweight of over 4,000 tonnes, is having a cargo of containers and various equipment on board. The motorship was built in 1982 and is registered at port Korsakov. The Melogy is owned by a company based in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.