127 Cruise Passengers Stranded in Ice off the Coast of Japan

By ,   February 8, 2018 ,   Accidents

A Russian ship carrying passengers from Kuril Islands in northern Pacific to Sakhalin peninsula has been stranded in ice for days off Japan's coast.

The cruise ship named Igor Farkhutdinov, carrying 127 travelers and 42 shipping containers, has encountered thick ice in Sea of Okhotsk, according to a statement by the regional government of Sakhalin published on Thursday, February 8.

Port Korsakov (Sakhalin Island, Russia) cruise port

Image: Port Korsakov, Sakhalin Island, Russia

The head of the ship’s maritime company has cited captain’s experience and week’s worth of rations and fuel supplies to reassure that no passengers aboard were under threat.

Sakhalin administration quoted the director of the company director saying that the passengers were provided with everything that was necessary, and a decision had been made to feed them for free.

He added sea ice conditions could change within a day and the passenger ship could arrive at Korsakov port in Sakhalin region by Friday.