Two icebreakers are on the way to rescue ice-locked ships on Northern Sea Route
Some 20 ships are either stuck or struggling to sail, as waters in the East Siberia Sea froze earlier than in recent years
.By Atle Staalesen, The Independent Barents Observer -November 10, 202178
District authorities in the Russian Far East have commissioned two icebreakers to aid vessels currently caught in ice in the East Siberian Sea.
The nuclear-powered Yamal is due to arrive in the region by November 20, while the diesel-powered Novorossiisk will arrive by November 15, according to regional authorities in Chukotka.
The rescue vessel Spasatel Zaborshchikov is also being sent.
The decision was this week taken by Yuri Trutnev, the presidential aide to the Russian Far East.
The commissioning of the powerful icebreaking vessels comes as severe sea ice conditions have taken shippers by surprise. There are now about 20 vessels that either are stuck or struggling to make it across the icy waters. Among them is the UHL Vision that over the last days has been isolated in the waters north of the New Siberian Islands, and the bulk carriers Golden Suek, Golden Pearl, Nordic Quinngua and Nordic Nuluujaak that are located east of that same archipelago.
In the area is also oil tanker Vladimir Rusanov, as well as cargo vessels Selenga and Finnish ship Kumpula, all of which are at west-bound escort by nuclear icebreaker Vaigach.
Meanwhile, in the port of Pevek are six vessels that also are likely to need assistance to make in out from the area.
HT/Andreas L, Yooper