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Floating Dock Sinks, Damaging Russia’s Only Aircraft Carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

Russia's only aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was damaged and a giant floating dock (PD-50 ) sank after a crane crashed onto the vessel as it was undergoing repairs near the Arctic city of Murmansk on Tuesday.

PD-50 floating dock, is the largest in Russia one of the largest in the world.

‘We are assessing the extent of the damage. A crane fell onto the deck from a height of about 15 meters (45 feet),’ the head of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov told the TASS news agency.

‘It is clear there is damage to the hull and the deck. Fortunately, it happened on those parts that are not vital to the work of the’ ship.

The accident occurred at 3:30am at the repair shipyard near Murmansk.

The Admiral Kuznetsov is undergoing its first major repairs since 1997. They are expected to be completed by the end of 2020 for the warship to re-join the Russian Navy in 2021.

 

 

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