A Russian ship filled with tons of gold ore (price of gold) has gone missing after trying to navigate stormy seas in the Pacific Ocean.
The ship was sailing from the coastal town of Neran to Feklistov Island off the Russian in the Sea of Okhotsk on Sunday when it was last heard from after sending out a distress signal.
The ship, The Amurskoe, was hired by mining company Polymetal to transport the gold ore to a processing center. According to a company spokesman, the ship had a crew of somewhere between 8 and 11 on board. The spokesman would not elaborate on the value of the 700 tons of ore (where to buy gold) that the ship was carrying, but said that gold ore is only the material that small amounts of the precious metal are extracted from.
Three ships, an amphibious aircraft and a helicopter, were deployed to search for the vessel in the stormy seas off Russia’s Pacific Coast, the Russian Television (RT) reported.
However, “stormy weather, rains and snow in the area of the Shantar islands in the northern part of the Okhotsk Sea are complicating search efforts,” RIA quoted an emergency official as saying.
“The Amurskoe departed the village of Neran in Russia’s Far East Khabarovsk territory, and was headed toward the port of Okhotsk in the Sea of Okhotsk. After leaving the delta of the Kiran River, the vessel entered the Sea of Okhotsk and sent out a distress signal soon after,” RT reported.
Polymetal said that shipping the ore via the same sea route as which the Amurskoe was lost on is a common practice in transporting the gold ore.