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Photographer:Geir Vinnes [View profile]Title:MEKHANIK FOMINAdded:Mar 18, 2017
Captured:March 18, 2017IMO:8904381Hits:3,253
Photo Category: Casualties
Built: 1991 Österreichischen Schiffsw, Austria.
Gt: 2489 t. Mdwt: 2650 t.
Loa. 85,20 m. Br. 14,20 m.
Main engine: 2820 Bhp. MAN B&W 6S26MC.
Flag: Russia.
18/03-2017 Near Sortland.
Vessel Identification
Name:Mekhanik Fomin
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:2,489 tons
Summer DWT:2,650 tons
Length:85 m
Beam:14 m
Draught:4.2 m

Additional Information
Home port:Arkhangelsk
Class society:Russian Maritime Shipping Register
Build year:1991
AIS Information
Last known position:
63°18’18.66” N, 6°59’46.02” E
Speed, course (heading):
9.9kts, 228° (226°)
Location:Ru Arh
Arrival:18th Apr 2017
12:00:26 UTC
Last update:
1 day 2 hours ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2017 April 18th, 12:00:26 UTCRu Arh
2017 April 6th, 08:00:57 UTCMoerdijk Nl
2017 March 28th, 12:00:27 UTCInverness Uk
2017 February 26th, 04:00:46 UTCFredericia Denmark
2017 February 24th, 08:00:01 UTCFredericia
2017 January 22nd, 09:00:20 UTCEidjord Pilot Psn 3
2017 January 19th, 04:30:56 UTCImmingham Uk
2016 December 30th, 12:00:33 UTCArchangelsk
2016 December 15th, 13:30:13 UTCRochefort
2016 December 9th, 09:55:36 UTCGent
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Photo Comments (14)

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Geir Vinnes on Mar 19, 2017 23:44 (1 month ago)
Yes Henk, this is more interesting work than lying stand-by at an oilfield :-).
Thank you Rick, I am not sure if the crew were thinking about food at all before they were
well moored at Sortland :-)
Jens and rd 77, there were no help from outside, they were pumping ballast as soon as they
came inshore with calmer seas, I guess nobody were allowed to enter the engine room when they were
outside at open seas as it looked dangerous every time they rolled over to port side in heavy
swell. She was followed by her sister MEKHANIK MAKARIN until we took over and escorted
her in to Sortland.
Jens Boldt on Mar 19, 2017 21:27 (1 month ago)
Excellent photo and excellent crew! But I would also like to turn back your attention to rd77's question as this is most interesting. I'd surely have thought she was lost without help from the outside. How did the crew do this masterpiece?
storm1379 on Mar 19, 2017 17:35 (1 month ago)
Russian sailors never give up !!!!!I once was in a similar situation myself, I can well imagine what the guys had to face. With great respect for the ship's crew.
Patalavaca on Mar 19, 2017 16:48 (1 month ago)
Amongst all your excellent shots from Thailand & elsewhere, this is surely one of your very best Geir.
Exceptional content, background and not forgetting great 'salvage' work by the crew in those conditions.
I expect the cook was a very unhappy man/woman while that list was on!
Regards, Rick
Adrian Ford on Mar 19, 2017 16:32 (1 month ago)
Hello Frank

I think they put the bridge in the hold untill they got to the open sea.

best Wishes
Henk de Winde on Mar 19, 2017 16:23 (1 month ago)
That's the cream on a stand-by job Geir! Good work from the crew to safe that vessel!
Geir Vinnes on Mar 19, 2017 16:20 (1 month ago)
Hi Vitaliy,
You are welcome to use any of the photos that you like.

Frank Buckley on Mar 19, 2017 16:18 (1 month ago)
Amazing. Not only is it a great show of seamanship, workmanship and teamwork, but it was built in Austria. How did they manage to get her to the open sea? Is there not some hight restrictions with regards to her accomadation block when departing the building yard in Austria and sailing to the open sea?.

rd77 on Mar 19, 2017 13:15 (1 month ago)
Wow ho do you manage to recover from that? Use of ballast tanks or does one have physically shift the cargo?
kumariner on Mar 19, 2017 10:56 (1 month ago)
Great and exceptional crew work to save vessel and cargo with so big list. And they arrived in port.
Great Captain & crew!
Vitaliy on Mar 19, 2017 10:23 (1 month ago)
Hello! Let me put your picture ship "Mekhanik Fomin" on our site ? Your authorship will be indicated
Geir Vinnes on Mar 19, 2017 03:08 (1 month ago)
That is right Allan and when she arrived at Sortland the crew had managed to straighten
the vessel up so much that she was nearly not listing at all when she arrived safely at Sortland.
I have posted two photos of her at Sortland:

Allan RO on Mar 18, 2017 22:23 (1 month ago)
Marine Traffic shows her berthed at Sortland at 14:10, looks like timber cargo shifted and she made a run for port

rarcand on Mar 18, 2017 20:40 (1 month ago)
It is much lower in the water than in the first picture. Is it sinking?
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