MOSCOW, December 30 (RIA Novosti)
A fire that broke out on a Russian nuclear submarine in dry dock on Thursday has been contained, Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.
The Yekaterinburg Delta-class nuclear submarine caught fire on Thursday during repairs at a shipyard in the northwest Russian Murmansk Region, the local Emergencies Ministry department said.
Fire safety violations during routine maintenance works are seen as the most likely cause of the blaze at a floating repair dock.
No deaths or injuries among the crew and shipyard workers have been reported. However two employees of the Emergency Ministry and seven soldiers were hospitalized after inhaling smoke, a law enforcement source in the Murmansk region said.
“There is no threat of nuclear pollution," it also said in a statement.
Wooden scaffolding around the submarine caught fire, which spread to the submarine's outer hull, Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said earlier.
Delta-class submarines have an outer skin of anechoic rubber, designed to absorb sound from sonars to make the boat harder to detect, but which could burn in a dry environment. The boat has a double hull of thick steel, however, which would protect its interior from external fire.
"There is no possibility of fire burning through the hull and no threat to on-board equipment," Serga said.
Military investigators have opened a criminal case into charges of “the destruction or damage of military property due to negligence,” a spokesman from the Investigation Committee said.
The K-84 Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine is one of seven Delta-IV class submarines in service, all deployed in the Northern Fleet. It carries 16 Sineva (NATO classification "Skiff") submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
The Delta-IV class submarines are the core of the naval component of the Russian nuclear triad at present and may remain in service for another 10 years.
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- lmStupid accidents every time.09:08, 30/12/2011Yet another stupid accident at work how many accidents at these ship yards until they get it right?
In the first place why was wooden scaffolding use in such a place as a ship yard one is not building or repairing a home?
I have sail before on ships and visit many dry docks never have I saw wooden scaffolding use never. There is even a fire safety officer on watch around the clock as long work is been carried out.
Was metal scaffolding too expensive for the ship yard bosses? Or was it yet another sabotage to extract more money from the government so that these corrupt bosses and their friends can fill their pockets?
Even in the airline industries there are corrupt people who will do anything do bring the local industry to its knees from getting kick backs when a foreign plane is brought thru there middle men too delays in building locally produce aircraft and the list goes on and on.
Mr. Medvedev you have to get rid of people who don’t work simple why keep them around
- lmWhat a shameful, disastrous, stupid, carless, reckless, lackadaisical, working attitude?13:04, 30/12/2011From the reports that coming in it would appear that welding which is to blame and if true again this brings many unanswered questions.
Was the welder or welders’ properly train?
Were there any firefighting equipment in emendate vicinity of the dock?
How long it took fire fighter to arrive?
Were the welders cleared to carry out work thru the proper channels if any channels is establish at all?
Were there frequent training of staff to ensure things like these do not happened?
- lmFire them all.13:08, 30/12/2011President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Please fire the careless bastards?
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