State of emergency in Arctic regions: Russian kruiznyj the liner has faced an icebergthe Tourist liner “ Alexey Maryshev “ making cruise over Arctic regions, has faced an iceberg. Incident has occurred the day before late at night. As a result of 18 persons have been wounded. In total onboard the ship at the moment of collision there were 72 persons - 50 passengers from Great Britain and 22 persons from crew and the personnel.
after failure the vessel has made an emergency stop in island Spitsbergen port, whence four victims have been forwarded to hospital of Tromse to Norway, transfers Reuters referring to local police.
as representatives of local police have informed, the vessel passed “ too close “ to an iceberg when the big block of the ice which has broken away from an iceberg, has hit about a liner deck where at this time there were some tourists. According to the captain of the liner, “ the vessel has lost stability, and passengers has scattered on a deck “.
the Liner “ Alexey Maryshev “ - the research vessel constructed in Finland by request of Institute of hydrography of St.-Petersburg and belonging now to Netherlands company Oceanwide Expeditions. It has been altered in kruiznyj the liner. During a summer season at Arctic ocean ply about two tens similar courts with tourists onboard at which the routes lying through a zone of drift of icebergs use great popularity.
similar incidents, unfortunately, not a rarity: they happen annually. The most known accident such has occurred in 1912, when kruiznyj the liner “ Titanic “ has sunk as a result of collision with an iceberg. Then was lost more than 1500 persons.
an iceberg - a large block of glacial ice. The height of icebergs over a water surface reaches to 70 m in Arctic regions and 100 m in Antarctic, length - to several tens kilometres. The most part of volume of an iceberg is under water. Duration of existence of icebergs in Arctic regions - till 4 years, in Antarctic - till 10 and more years.
one of the largest icebergs has been found out in 2002ã. Defensive meteorological department of the USA. In the sizes it in 9 times surpasses island Singapore. The area of this block of ice makes more than 5,5 thousand square kilometres.