Two product tankers collide in the Arctic

Two product tankers have reportedly collided in ice in the Laptev Sea, north of Russia, while proceeding in an ice convoy through the Northern Sea Route on Thursday at around 22:34hrs (Moscow time).

The two small clean product tankers are Svyatoy Petr and Svyatoy Pavel (both 11,000, built 1992), both operated by Russia’s Morskoy Standart, according to reports.

The vessels were following the nuclear icebreaker Vaygach through heavy ice. Svyatoy Petr was en route from Arkhangelsk to Kotelny Island, located between the Laptev and East Siberian seas and home to a Russian naval base. Svyatoy Pavel had departed Murmansk for Pevek in northeast Siberia.

Svyatoy Petr suffered 20 metres of damage along its bulwark on the portside stern. Svyatoy Pavel‘s starboard bow suffered a five-metre-long crack, between 20 to 50 centimetres wide, located around four metres above waterline.

The first vessel has left the collision site; latest AIS data shows it has arrived at Kotelny Island. The latter has been towed by the icebreaker to Temp Bay.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.


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