The Russian fishing trawler Altay lost power in Barents Sea on 23 nautical miles off Cape Teriberski. The ship with 9 crew suffered engine failure during operations and remained adrift in open sea during rough weather conditions. The crew was unable to repair the engine trouble and sent distress signal to the local authorities, requesting immediate assistance. To the scene of the accident was sent rescue boat SMB Murmanryba, which will carry the rescue operations and will tow the broken trawler in port of Teriberka. The convoy is slow ahead underway to Russian coast without danger for the seaworthiness of the troubled vessel.
The local authorities confirmed that there were no damages to the ship and no injured people from the crew. All the 9 fishermen are in good health. There are also no report pollution during the incident. The investigation for the root cause is under way.
The Russian fishing trawler Altay (IMO: 8920098) has overall length of 58.20 m, moulded beam of 9.30 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The vessel has deadweight of 361 DWT and gross tonnage of 706 GRT. The fishing trawler was built in 1990 by Niigata Shipbuilding and Repair yard in Japan. The owner and operator of the vessel is Russian fishing company Atlantica.