Japanese car imports are very popular in Russia, with Vladivostok on the Pacific coast being a true JDM paradise. One of the last car shipments took a turn for the worse, however, as the ship reached Vladivostok with dozens of Hondas and Toyotas on the deck covered with a thick layer of ice.
Videos shared online show the ice-covered carrier ship in the port of Vladivostok as it unloads its cargo. Instead of cars, the crane began hoisting more like car-shaped icicles from the deck of the Sun Rio Roll-on-Roll-off transporter. People who witnessed the event said the ice was 6 inches thick on some cars. The weather was particularly harsh in Vladivostok this time around, and at -2F (-19C) there was no need to wait for the ice to melt. Instead, the cars had to be removed from the ice crust using crowbars and other unconventional tools.
Some cars were hit more than others as the waves smashed the windows and the interiors of the cars filled with water before freezing. We don’t know if these cars are still worth anything, but being Russia, we assume they might not be scrapped. Salt water and metal don’t make a very good combination, but we’re sure the cars will look immaculate when they hit the market, if only for a while.
This is by no means an isolated event, as humid sea winds associated with sub-zero air temperatures often cause ships to freeze. It is also a dangerous phenomenon, because the accumulation of ice weighs down the roof of the ship, which increases the risk of capsizing, reports Marine Insight.
Sun Rio is one of the smallest car carriers with a gross tonnage of 7,578 tonnes. It was built in Japan in 1911 by Yamanishi Shipbuilding & Iron Works. Unlike other more specialized car carriers, this one does not carry all of its cargo below deck. Thus, some cars are completely exposed to the elements during the crossing.