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Three people were injured and another is missing after the collapse at midnight last of the floating dock in which the only aircraft carrier of the Russian Navy, “Admiral Kuznetsov,” was in repairs, local media reported today.
“According to preliminary data, the ship suffered no damage that could affect the expected timeframe for its repair,” a spokesman for the state corporation Astilleros Unidos told Interfax on Thursday.
The accident occurred in the shipyards 89 of the port of Murmansk, on the shores of the Barents Sea.
A local emergency services source indicated that the sinking of the floating dock PD-50 occurred as a result of a “sudden drop in electrical voltage” when the “Admiral Kuznetsov” came out of it.
“The floating dock, according to the first data, did not have enough protection systems against voltage drops, so the electrical failure affected the immersion system of the dike, which caused the breakdown,” said the source, quoted by Interfax.
Murmansk media indicated that the accident caused the fall of two cranes, one of which fell on the deck of the aircraft carrier.
“The PD-50 is a large capacity floating dock, we only have two of this type, there is another one in the Far East, which I think is a great loss for our shipyards,” said Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov, former commander-in-chief of the Fleet. Russian of the Black Sea.
According to Komoyédov, a breakdown of this kind is unthinkable without negligent behaviour.
After the accident, the “Admiral Kuznetsov” was towed to the shipyards 35.
Source: El Diario