Gazprom, the Russian oil company that claimed the Arctic 30 carried something “resembling a bomb”, are not famous for safety. However, their news site claims that they have implemented “permanent” emergency vessels to deal with an Arctic disaster:
"Near the Platform two multifunctional icebreaking vessels:"Vladislav Strizhov" and "Yury Topchev" are on permanent emergence duty. The vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art complexes of the emergency oil-gathering equipment. In addition, ashore, near Varandey settlement the oil spill response equipment is located, which allows to protect coastline.(sic)" (source)
But right now, there is no dedicated icebreaker whatsoever around Gazprom’s decrepit oil rig, the Prirazlomnaya (pictured).
That means the “state-of-the-art complexes of the emergency oil-gathering equipment" are more than 3 days away from dealing with an emergency, such as an oil spill in the fragile Arctic. Despite being “on permanent emergence [sic] duty” they seem to be taking a break from protecting the Arctic from the risks posed by Gazprom’s (and their partner, Shell’s,) Arctic oil drilling plans.
Ship number 1: The Vladislav Strizhov, left the rig on Saturday evening (Nov 16) to go back to Murmansk. When berthed in that port, the sailing time back again would be roughly 3 days and 7 hours (calculated at an average of 13 knots).
Ship number 2: The Yury Topchev, left the rig on Wednesday evening (Nov 11) and has just left the port of Archangelsk a few hours ago. The sailing is about 3 days and 15 hours of sailing time (at an average of 13 knots).
And if that doesn’t scare you, have you seen the footage we found surrounding their ancient rig?
And not an emergency vessel in sight...