The 109 meter long, 2858 dwt oil tanker Palflot 2 caught fire in the Caspian Sea near Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan. The Palflot 2 was en route to Turkmenbashi in ballast when the fire broke out on deck. The blaze quickly engulfed the vessel’s superstructure killing one crewman. The remaining 10 persons on board were later rescued by a nearby cargo vessel. Reports stated the vessel was adrift and Russian aircraft were to be dispatched to extinguish the fire.