The reefer Ice Breeze ran aground in Second Kuril Strait near Shumshu Island. The vessel was pushed by the strong winds and heavy seas at the rocky shallow on 1.3 cables off the coast. It was estimated that the reefer hardly stuck, suffering breaches and water ingress, which caused immediate danger for the seaworthiness. The engine room was flooded. The crew reported the accident to the local authorities and requested immediate assistance. At the scene was dispatched salvage tug, which evacuated non-essential part of the crew and transferred them to Severo-Kurilsk, while the core officers stayed on board during salvage and repair works and further salvage.
“The non-essential crew of 12 of the 20 members from the Ice Breeze were evacuated. They were transferred on board the reefer Sierra which carried them in Severo-Kurilsk”, said the head of Maritime Rescue Coordination sub-center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Arthur Retz. “The remaining eight crew members will support the work of the transport of the reefer, which is to decide the fate of the ship-owner. It is expected that on Friday will be pumped out the fuel from the Ice Breeze, after which the ship will be removed from a bank”, added he.
The reefer Ice Breeze was under ballast and has 148 tons of fuel on board. There is no report about injured people and water pollution, but the breaches might cause environment disaster and oil leaks. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
The reefer Ice Breeze (IMO: 8609802) has overall length of 95.00 m, moulded beam of 16.50 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,939 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,403 GRT. The vessel was built in 1987 by Shin Kochi Jyuko in their shipyard in Japan. The reefer Ice Breeze is operating under the flag of Russia and managed by the company Solid Shipping.