Passenger ship with 127 passengers freed from ice, reached port of destination

Ice breaker KAPITAN KHLEBNIKOV (IMO 7824417) at 0448 Moscow time Feb 10 freed passenger ship IGOR FARKHUTDINOV from ice and lead her to free water, IGOR FARKHUTDINOV resumed sailing to Korsakov Sakhalin, reaching Korsakov at around 0930 Moscow time Feb 11, where she was immediately berthed. Passenger ship IGOR FARKHUTDINOV with 127 passengers on board couldn’t reach Korsakov because of heavy ice in southern Okhotsk sea, see previous news

Passenger ship IGOR FARKHUTDINOV with 127 passengers on board can’t get through ice in south Okhotsk sea and is slowly moving along ice barrier, looking for free water, off northern coast of Hokkaido, Japan. The ship, serving Sakhalin – Kuril Islands line, is en route to Korsakov, Sakhalin, from southern Kuril Islands. She should reach Korsakov some 2-3 days ago, after some 20-hours trip under normal conditions, but very cold winter froze even southern part of Okhotsk sea, which is quite unusual.
The ship isn’t stuck in ice and is under way, there is no immediate or looming danger to ship or people on board, ETA Korsakov, as of morning Feb 8, is Feb 9.

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