Sabotage? Russia’s largest floating dock sinks, tower crane makes hole in nation’s sole aircraft carrier

Four workers were injured and one is missing as Russia’s largest floating dock quickly went underwater. Its tower crane fell 15 meters, crashing on the country’s only aircraft carrier and piercing a hole in its hull. The incident occurred at a shipyard in the port city of Murmansk in northwest Russia, where the aircraft carrier ‘Admiral Kuznetsov’ was undergoing planned repair and maintenance. The ship was parked in the floating dry dock PD-50. It could hold up to 80,000 tons, and was considered one of the largest floating docks in the world, as well as Russia’s largest. Things went wrong on Tuesday after a short circuit on the shore suddenly shut down the dock’s pumps. Once that happened, the tanks were quickly filled with water, and the massive structure began to submerge, the shipyard’s spokesman told TASS news agency.

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