Russian research vessel Yuzhmorgeologiya adrift after fire

Russian research vessel Yuzhmorgeologiya in the afternoon Oct 12 suffered fire in engine room near starboard engine funnel, followed by strong smoke blanketing, in central Pacific in position 09 07N 109 34W, while en route to Balboa Panama. Engine room was sealed, fire-smothering system switched on. After decapsulation and ventilation engine room can be accessed in respirators only. Vessel adrift, crew is checking engines if they’re operable.

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