Posted on November 01, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, was damaged when the floating dry dock she was being held in collapsed, in the early morning of October 30th.
Four were injured and one person is still missing following the incident. Two men were taken to a hospital, to be treated for Hypothermia, after being rescued from the water.
The carrier was docked at the port of Murmansk at the time of the accident and was undergoing extensive repairs in an effort to fully modernise the Cold War-era vessel.
A power supply disruption led to the pumps on the dry dock to break down, which in turn caused the whole structure to submerge. The sinking of the dry dock led to two cranes crashing onto the deck of the carrier, leaving a 214 square foot hole in its hull.
The vessel has been removed from the area and was taken to a different shipyard to continue the repairs. According to local officials, this incident will hopefully not cause any further delay in the retrofitting of the vessel.
Originally commissioned during the Cold-War era, the Admiral Kuznetsov has been the cause of a series of accidents over the last few years and has been in dire need of an overhaul.
The vessel was scheduled to undergo complete renovation and return to active service by 2021, but this new development could potentially push back the process considerably.