A Russian ship ferrying passengers from the Kuril Islands in the northern Pacific to the Sakhalin peninsula in the Sea of Okhotsk, has been stranded in ice (see video below) for days off the coast of Japan.
The freighter/cruise ship named Igor Farkhutdinov, was cruising from Malokurilskoye (Shikotan Island) to the Sakhalin port of Korsakov on February 5, 2018. There are 127 passengers and 42 containers on board. When leaving the Kunashirsky Strait on the traverse of the Japanese city of Mombetsu, the ship met dense ice up to 1.5 meters thick.
Now the ship makes its way through the ice, trying to get out on clear water. There are no threats to the survival of the ship. The company reports, “All maneuvers are safe – Igor Farkhutdinov is ice-strengthened, the captain is experienced. The ice situation expected to improve today after lunch with a tide and a change in the direction of the wind: the fields will move, the ice will become less dense and the ship will be able to escape from the trap in order to arrive in Korsakov by the morning of February 9, Sakhalin – Kuriles »Sergey Kondrashin.
Passengers are provided everything necessary, it is decided to feed them for free. On board, there is enough food and water. And enough fuel for at least a week.
“We resolve all issues related to the prompt release of the vessel from the ice captivity in the regime of constant direct dialogue with the shipowner,” said Sergei Sadovnikov, the head of the
The regional ministry of transport stated, “If the ice situation in the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk does not improve in the coming days, the next cruise of the “Igor Farkhutdinov” will go around the ice fields – through the Sangarsky Strait.”
Video: Hokkaido Sarufutsu village Okhotsk Sea Ice ice Departure Shooting February 6, 2018