On the aircraft carrier cruiser "Admiral Kuznetsov", which is now in one of the docks of Murmansk for repair, a fire occurred. According to media reports, the fire occurred at 10:16 (Moscow time).
According to media reports, ten people were injured in the incident, seven of them are in intensive care. Also, a source in emergency services told RIA Novosti about the loss of one person, however, the Zvezdochka ship repair center (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation JSC) denied this information.
“We do not confirm information about those who disappeared during the fire at Admiral Kuznetsov.” All industry was evacuated from the ship, ”said Yevgeny Gladyshev, an official representative of the plant.
The corporation reported that the fire at the Admiral Kuznetsovo began in the first energy compartment during welding work after the spark fell into the hold, where the remains of fuel oil were.
The fire area was 120 square meters.
The governor of the Murmansk region Andrei Chibis arrived at the scene of the incident.
“Andrei Chibis on the spot got acquainted with the situation on the ignition of the aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov.” Now there is a rapid response headquarters. On behalf of the governor, the provision of medical assistance to the victims is under the control of the Minister of Health of the Murmansk region, ”the press service of the regional government reports to TASS.
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The United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) confirmed that all the workers who performed the repair of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser were evacuated. The press service of the Northern Fleet added that there was no ammunition on the ship.
The USC also noted that the fire has already been localized, there is no open burning.
“Puffs of white smoke break out onto the deck, which should indicate the absence of open burning. The temperature in the neighboring compartments does not exceed the permissible norm, ”the head of USC Alexei Rakhmanov told RIA Novosti.
Recall, "Admiral Kuznetsov" - the only aircraft carrier cruiser in the Russian Navy. He was introduced to the Navy in 1991. Since 2018 is under repair. At the same time, the current fire is not the first emergency that happened to the ship during repair work.
On the night of October 30, 2018, when the ship was in a floating dock at the 82nd plant in the village of Roslyakovo, an accident occurred during the launch of the cruiser. Due to a sudden power outage from the shore, the PD-50 floating dock tanks were abnormally filled, and it went under water.
- Dock, where the tower crane fell on the aircraft carrier.
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At the same time, a 70-ton tower crane fell on the deck of the cruiser, resulting in a hole in the deck in the aft of about 20 square meters. m., the crane also damaged several compartments under the deck.
“During the dock work by the employees of the 82nd shipyard in the village of Roslyakovo, there was a power outage, as a result of which the tanks of the floating dock PD-50 were abnormally filled. As a result, the floating dock went into the water sharply, ”a plant representative told reporters then.
As a result of the incident, one person went missing, four workers suffered hypothermia and injuries of varying severity, and later one of them died in the city hospital of Murmansk.
After the incident, the Investigative Department for Transport of the Investigative Committee of Russia opened a criminal case under article 216 of the Criminal Code (“Violation of safety rules in other work, resulting in the death of a person through negligence”). According to investigators, the flooding of the dock occurred as a result of a violation of the rules for the technical operation of ship-lifting structures.
After the incident, "Admiral Kuznetsov" was taken to the 35th shipyard near Murmansk. It was planned to replace and repair the elements of the main power plant on the ship, to modernize the electric power system, radio-technical weapons and air defense systems, and to install and modernize the facilities ensuring the operation of the aircraft wing.
Then the official representative of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, Ilya Zhitomirsky, said that the deadlines for the delivery of the ship to the Ministry of Defense, despite the incident in the floating dock, remain the same - 2021.
Also at the plant it was reported that the sunken dock was the largest in the region and had a carrying capacity of 80 thousand tons. Its area was 23 thousand square meters, which is comparable with the size of Red Square in Moscow.