Last night, a floating dry dock PD-50 sank at the 82nd shipbuilding plant in Russia’s Murmansk, which performes repairs on the heavy aircraft carrying missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov. 3 workers were slightly injured and one is missing after the incident.
According to the plant’s spokesperson quoted by Sputnik, Admiral Kuznetsov “suffered no damage after the incident”. However, the Russian-language state-run news agency RIA News reported that the PD-50’s crane fell on the Admiral Kuznetsov’s deck, which was under the reconstruction. Thus, the main damage was caused to the equipment needed to perform repairs.
Following the incident, the warship was towed to a repair yard outside the 35th shipbuilding plant in Murmansk where its repairs will continue. RIA News noted that this situation will not affect the schedule of the repairs and modernization.
The heavy aircraft carrying missile cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov is undergoing the upgrades and modernization. According to reprots, most work will be focused on the Admiral Kuznetsov’s flight deck and its propulsion systems including replacing four out of the eight turbo-pressurized boilers while refitting the remaining four.
The electronic warfare, communication, intelligence, navigation, and combat control systems may also undergo upgrades. However, there are no details on this very part of the efforts.