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When Siberia shivers, it's time to fix ships in the ice

Feb 14, 2019, 12.01 PM (IST)

When the Siberian winter bites and the mighty Lena River freezes, workers at the Yakutsk shipyard brace for a backbreaking but vital task - ‘vymorozka’. Vymorozka, which translates as ‘freezing out’, is the process of cutting away the ice from around a ship’s hull with chainsaws, then pickaxes and hammers, exposing areas needing repair, which are usually below the waterline.