On January 21, the 77 meter long 3129 dwt fishing vessel Enigma Astralis caught fire in the Okhotsk Sea near Magadan, Russia. A fire started from an explosion in the engine room resulting in dense smoke spreading through out the vessel. Unable to contain the toxic fumes, the 47 crew members on the Enigma Astralis requested assistance and abandoned ship. A nearby trawler came to the rescue and safely transferred all the crew. No reports of injuries.
The fire on board the Enigma Astralis appeared to be extinguish when flames reappeared again on the vessel. Authorities had dispatched the rescue tugboat Sibirsky to assist. The Sibirsky arrived on scene and was able to completely extinguish the blaze. The Enigma Astralis had sustained serious fire damage, but was still afloat. The Sibirsky took the fishing vessel under tow and proceeded to the nearest port. Reports state authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 17, an 85 tonne fishing vessel caught fire off the coast of Narodo Island, South Korea. Authorities were alerted and dispatched a patrol boat to the scene. Authorities were able to extinguish the blaze, but the fishing vessel sustained significant damage to its stern. One of the 12 crew on board suffered burns from the fire and was taken to hospital. Two crew were listed as missing. Reports state the men may have jumped overboard right after the fire broke out. Authorities have not released the name of the fishing vessel.
On January 21, the 98 meter long, 4811 dwt LPG tanker Maestro and the 65 meter long, 1038 dwt tanker Kandy caught fire in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait. The two vessels were involved transferring fuel when there was a sudden explosion on deck. Both the Maestro and Kandy were engulfed in flames killing some crew and others overboard. Black smoke spilled out alerting authorities.
Authorities recovered 11 bodies from the sea. The Kandy had a crew of 17 and the Maestro had 14 crew. Russian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No further details reported.