Dry dock collides with Russian naval ships and submarines after breaking loose from berths in high winds
- The ship’s equipment was blown off the berths at a shipyard in Vladivostok
- Strong winds were brought by Typhoon Maysak arriving from Korea and Japan
- The damaged dock was towed away, but the military said warships had not been damaged
A floating dock crashed into a fleet of Russian warships after being blown away by the high winds from Typhoon Maysak.
The naval equipment was blown off the moorings and collided with nearby ships and submarines at a shipyard in Vladivostok on Russia’s far east coast.
The dock was damaged and had to be towed, but the Russian Pacific Fleet insisted there was no destruction on board the military ships.
The storm caused chaos in Russia’s far east after it drenched North and South Korea and sunk a ship off the coast of Japan.
Blown off course: a floating dock drifts in the wind from Typhoon Maysak after breaking away from its berths at a shipyard in Vladivostok
Images circulating among military experts showed the dry dock floating in the wind at the Vostochnaya Verf shipyard.
A dry dock can be drained after a ship has arrived, allowing Navy maintenance personnel to reach areas of the ship that would normally be submerged.
A Russian defense expert, Rob Lee, said the dock appeared to have collided with Molniya-class missile boats and submarines from the Pacific Fleet’s 19th Submarine Brigade and 165th Surface Ship Brigade.
A Pacific Fleet official told the Russian news agency Interfax that three tugs had been sent to rescue the floating dock after it suffered ‘minor damage’.
Several people were on the dock when it blew off course, but they were not injured and there was no major damage to the warships, the Russian army said.
“The dock has been towed, the degree of damage and the extent of the damage is determined after the situation is resolved,” a statement said.
Other tugs were warned while emergency power supplies were being put in place as Russia prepared for the storm.
Danger: the dry dock – used for servicing parts of ships that are usually underwater – drifts towards submarines and warships
Collision: The floating dock was damaged and had to be towed after it hit the pier – but the Russian military insists the warships suffered no damage
Storm: the typhoon caused a traffic accident in Vladivostok (photo), brought down trees and left people without power in the far east of Russia
High winds knocked down a truck in Vladivostok and killed trees after a severe weather warning on the Pacific coast.
Thousands of people were cut off as a result of the typhoon, which had previously reached winds of nearly 150 km / h when it landed in Korea.
A woman was murdered in Busan, South Korea, while more than 2,000 people were evacuated to temporary shelters.
The storm later made its way north, crossing the Sea of Japan before making a second landfall at Kimchaek in North Korea.
The Japanese Coast Guard is today looking for survivors from a ship that sank in the typhoon with 43 crew members and nearly 6,000 cows on board.
The typhoon then reached Vladivostok and the Pacific Fleet, which is home to part of Russia’s nuclear submarine.
In 2013, a fire broke out on a nuclear submarine near Vladivostok, injuring 15 sailors who were taken to hospital.
The footage showed another fire on a Kilo-class submarine in 2018, although Russian officials claimed it was part of an exercise.