A giant barge hauling the battered Kursk submarine pulled into waters of a Russian shipyard today, in the final stage of an ambitious salvage effort made riskier by the ship’s two nuclear reactors and missile arsenal.
The Giant-4 barge started attaching itself to floating anchors about 500 yards from shore at Roslyakovo near Murmansk, said Russian Navy spokesman Vladimir Navrotsky.
It will take two or three days to prepare the ship for docking, he said.
The Kursk’s two 190 megawatt nuclear reactors have been a primary concern since the submarine exploded and sank during a naval exercise more than a year ago, killing its entire 118 man crew.
Measurements conducted throughout the lifting and towing have shown no trace of leaked radiation, said Russian Northern Fleet chief, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov.