Foundering vessel in Arctic finally rescued by icebreakers, Russian maritime authorities not pleased by incident – Bellona

The beleaguered Norvik tanker, left adrift and taking on water for over a week after hitting an ice floe on the Northern Sea route – where the vessel technically is not allowed to sail – has nearly returned under escort to its homeport of Khatanga in Northern Siberia, the Barents Observer news portal reported.

The Nordvik, a so-called ice class 1 vessel, according to the permit (in Russian) it was issued by the Northern Sea Route Administration, was struck by an ice floe on September 4 in the Matisen Strait to the north of the Taimyr Peninsula on a course for Murmansk.

The class one status, as noted on the permit, confers the Norvik license to sail only in the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea and only in light ice conditions with icebreaker escort.

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