The 153 meter long, 13879 dwt refer freighter Bereg Nadezhdy went aground in the Barents Sea on Kildin Bay, Russia (69 17.57N 034 23.28E). The freighter was caught in a severe storm with high winds and swells up to seven meter high. The vessel is ashore with its ballast tank holed and water ingress in the engine room. The Bereg has a slight list to port wedged on two large rocks. One of the 29 crewmen suffered a broken leg and was evacuated by a Navy helicopter. Two tugs were dispatched to the scene. Salvage may be attempted later in calm seas at high tide.
The 85 meter long, 920 dwt freighter Kapitan Kuznetsov was reported missing and was pressumed lost in the Barents Sea near (68 08N 042 30E). The Kapitan Kuznetsov was proceeding to Arkhangelsk, Russia in ballast from Varandei for repair work when it encountered heavy seas reaching 3.5 meters high. An EPIRB signal was received from the freighter by authorities. The Russian Search and Rescue Operation Center dispatched a tug to the scene while aircraft remained grounded due to the severe weather. No distress signal was sent by the crew and the vessel’s last communication was at 0200 Moscow time. Last report stated there has been some debris spotted, but no trace of the 11 crewmen. The Kapitan Kuznetsov was designed to operate in rivers and not in heavy seas.
Reports state the icebreaker Dikson found the Kapitan Kuznetsov disabled, but still afloat. The crew is reported safe. The Kapitan Kuznetsov had been struck by a wave which knocked out all instruments, communications and rudder control. The mate on board was injured. The vessel is to be towed to Arkhangelsk.
The 110 meter long tanker Moinos caught fire while berthed at Ludwigshafen, Germany. The fire started in a electronic system in the engine room. The Moinos’s CO2 fire suppression system extinguished the blaze. However the blaze released dense smoke requiring the assistance of the local fire department. The Moinos’s engine room was ventilated. One crewman was slightly injured by the smoke. The Moinos was loaded with a cargo of gasoline at the time of the incident.