Crew evacuated as timber slides off listing Russian ship

The crew of a listing Russian general cargo ship have been evacuated. The Alfa issued a distress signal yesterday afternoon off Yeosu in South Korea. The ship, owned by Nakhodka-headquartered LANS, was en route to China when it ran into difficulty, shedding a large cargo of timber. The Korean Coast Guard has warned fishing vessels in the area to be wary of the floating timber.

The ship has since listed and is now aground to the southeast of Yeosu.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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