Russian trawler capsized in Kirkenes, Norway

Russian fishing vessel “Melkart” capsized on its side near the quay of “Kimek” shipyard in Kirkenes, Norway. This was reported on March 25 by the NRK broadcasting company.

The vessel is 53 meters long. “None of the 26 crew members were injured, there were eight people on board at the time of the incident, they are fine,” the report said.

Divers were working in the area of the emergency. The duty manager of the station, where the boat was being repaired, noted that the capsize would result in minimal pollution of the sea.

According to him, the crew of the vessel is controlling the situation, the weather at the site of the emergency is calm.

The accident occurred on Wednesday evening, the vessel was overturned on its side in shallow water, with a part of the hull sticking out of the water. As it is specified, the vessel was under repair and the capsize occurred during the launching due to unbalanced weight. The trawler was empty underneath and the weight on top was significant.

In the summer of 2020, a Russian trawler with 35 people on board ran aground off the coast of Norway near the island of Arnoja.