Disabled tanker towed through ice by nuclear icebreakers, Russian Arctic

Product tanker VARZUGA was disabled in ice in Gulf of Ob, Russian Western Arctic, on Mar 29, after azipod breakdown. Tanker was towed through ice to free water by nuclear icebreakers VAYGACH and 50 LET POBEDY, reaching ice barrier on Apr 3. Tanker in ballast was taken on tow by offshore supply tug UMKA (IMO 9171620), to be towed to Murmansk. Photos including curious polar bears closely watching ice towage, provided by RosAtomAflot, owner of nuclear icebreakers.
Ice-class product tanker VARZUGA, IMO 7500401, dwt 16038, built 1977, flag Russia, owner Bunker Company, Arkhangelsk, Russia.




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