Russian icebreaker disabled in stormy Norwegian sea, issued distress signal UPDATE

Russian icebreaker TOR issued distress signal at 0430 UTC Oct 22 in Norwegian sea W if Alesund, Norway, reporting engine failure in stormy conditions. The ship is en route from S-Petersburg to Sabetta, Russian Arctic, with 33 crew on bard. The problem is, it’s an icebreaker with very high metacentric height, and as such, prone to violent roll in rough seas.

UPDATE: Russian Maritime Authorities said distress signal was false, caused by power cuts. Norway meanwhile, sent tugs, and as for TOR, she was or still is adrift. Last AIS dated 0130 UTC Oct 22. Keep monitoring TOR, situation not yet clear.

UPDATE Oct 23: Sailed to Alesund, arrived at around 0000 UTC Oct 23, anchored. Russian Maritime Authority ROSMORRECHFLOT said there wasn’t emergency, it was a false alarm, while owner ROSMORPORT (State-owned Ports Agency) confirmed emergency, Captain contacting Norway MRCC.

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