Freighter Amurskaya went missing in Okhotsk sea

Situation with missing freighter Amurskaya is not yet clear
Morning Oct 29: Situation with general cargo vessel Amurskaya, which went missing after EPIRB was activated in SW part of Okhotsk sea near Shantar Islands, is not yet clear. EPIRB was activated at presumably, 03:00 UTC Oct 28. Latest known positions are shown on the map below. According to latest known AIS signal dated 1130 UTC Oct 27 vessel was proceeding in SE direction at a reduced speed 3.4 knots, due to either some kind of mechanical problem , or strong storm. There is still a chance vessel didn’t sink as she wasn’t available on a 24-hour contact, master was communicating with owner about two times a day reporting positions and situation. There are 11 crew on board and no passengers, some media said there are 8 crew, not 11, as 3 of the crew left the vessel in the port of departure. See map http://www.odin.tc/news/read.asp?articleID=1477
First news:
Freighter Amurskaya went missing in Okhotsk sea, search under way
nobody declared vessel as disappeared, EPIRB may go off by accident
Russian media reported disappearance of the m/v Amurskoye in Okhotsk sea, in Shantar islands area, referring to Emergency Agency and MRCC Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. According to news, the EPIRB of the vessel issued distress signal in the daytime Oct 28 2012, there are 11 passengers on board and unknown number of crew. Still, MRCC added it’s not exactly disappearance, nobody declared vessel as disappeared, EPIRB may go off by accident. Authorities are trying to contact or locate the vessel. There is also a discrepancy in the name of the vessel, there is a general cargo vessel Amurskaya and a fishing vessel Amurskoye, media refer to Amurskoye, but they’re mistaken. As of 22:00 UTC Oct 26 freighter was off Shantar islands in position 55 00 N 135 23E, fishing vessel at that time was in position 52 30N 156 14E, some 660 miles from the area of alleged disappearance.

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