Posted on December 12, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire erupted onboard Russia’s only Aircraft Carrier, ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV during the morning of December the 12th, while the vessel was undergoing repair work in the Port of Murmansk.
The incident occurred at approximately 1020 hours, while the vessel was at undergoing repairs at Yard No. 35 in Zvezdockha yard in Severodvinsk.
According to initial reports, the fire has grown to cover almost 600 square meters, after it managed to ignite the diesel fuel stored below deck.
Reports speculate that the fire started while the vessel was undergoing welding work. Current understanding is that there was a “human factor” behind the fire, with some sources suggesting that safety rules violations might have taken place.
At least 10 people have been reported as injured so far, with six being in intensive care. At least one person is considered missing at this time.
Diesel fuel is continuing to burn in the vessel, and firefighting services are attempting to douse the fire with the use of foam.
This is the latest in a long series of accidents to have plagued the Admiral Kuznetsov. Approximately a year ago, two people lost their lives when a dock crane collapsed on top of the vessel, sinking the drydock that the ship had been resting on.
UPDATE: The number of missing individuals has now been confirmed as 3