In Soviet Russia, Ship Sinks You!

Forget Russian collusion; the big story these days is Russian collision.

A floating dock sank early morning in Murmansk, dropping a crane on the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov carrier, the United Shipbuilding Corporation said.

The corporation’s chief, Alexei Rakhmanov, said the 70-ton crane left a hole of 215 square feet, but added that it didn’t damage any of the ship’s vital systems. Rakhmanov said it may have been caused by a sharp power surge that led to pumps’ failure.

Rakhmanov acknowledged, however, that the loss of the huge, 80,000-ton dock would disrupt the planned modernization of other Russian navy ships. The dock is the only structure of that capacity that Russia has, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether it could be lifted.

Here’s a novel idea; instead of paying billions for a floating dock, why not try building one near, let’s say, land? The country’s been around for 1,200 years and it’s just as backwards now as it was in 862 A.D.