Russian Foreign Ministry Comments on the Yekaterinburg Nuclear Submarine Incident

Submitted on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 23:00

According to Russian competent bodies’ information, on December 29 at 1620 Moscow time a fire broke out on the casing of the outer (light) hull of the bow of the nuclear submarine Yekaterinburg, located at a dry dock of the ship repair yard in the village Roslyakovo, Murmansk Region.

Thanks to prompt measures taken, pockets of open burning were eliminated. The reactor of the submarine had been shut down even before the submarine was laid up for scheduled maintenance. There is no threat of radioactive contamination. Part of the crew remains on board the boat, carrying out regular (every 30 minutes) and close monitoring of the situation in and around the submarine. In addition, the background radiation, which remains normal, is analyzed throughout the Murmansk region by 59 fixed and 25 mobile sensors.

An operational headquarters has been set up and is operating to eliminate consequences of the incident.

The Russian side will continue to provide information about the situation in the incident area.