Russian fishing trawler Shkval distressed in Barents Sea

fishing trawler distressThe Russian fishing trawler Shkval suffered engine failure in Barents Sea and was in immediate danger for seaworthiness. The vessel with nine crew on board was trawling in the eastern part of the Barents Sea, when the engine blocked and remained without propulsion power against the strong winds and heavy seas. The crew sent distress signal to the local authorities and requested assistance. To the scene of the troubled fishing trawler was sent marine tugboat Murmanryba, which should tow the vessel to shelter. The weather is moderate with winds speed up to 17 m/s, but the forecasts are for worsening and severe storm. The rescue operation is complicated, but the fishing trawler is in connection with the rescue coordination center and currently crew are not in immediate danger.

“Today at about 14.00 Moscow time the MRCC received a signal from the trawler Shkval, which fished and lost power due to failure of the main engine. The ship is located in the eastern part of the Barents Sea with crew of nine. The marine tugboat Murmanryba was sent to the troubled vessel, having ETA to troubled ship 22.00 Moscow time”, the head of the rescue team, Anatoly Leontyev. “Strong wind is expected, but we plan to complete the rescue operation before worsening of the weather. The situation is complicated, but it is under control”, added he.

The Russian fishing trawler Shkval (IMO: 8924848) has overall length of 25.50 m, moulded beam of 7.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 36 DWT and the gross tonnage is 120 GRT. The vessel was built in 1979 by Sosnovskiy Shipyard in Russia.