An offshore oil platform caught fire in the Gunashli oilfield in the Azerbaijan section of the Caspian Sea. The fire started after strong winds had damaged a gas pipeline on the platform. Some 32 crew were rescued even as bad weather has made rescue operations difficult. Weather in the area has strong winds and waves reaching up to 10 meters.
Conflicting reports state the number of crew on board the platform at the time of the fire. Numbers vary between 63 to 75 crew who were on board. Rescuers did recover 1 person who was killed in the fire, but the remaining crew were still reported as missing.
The 98 meter long, 3839 dwt freighter Parmis allided with a pier in the Capsian Sea at Baku, Azerbaijan. The Parmis was bound for Astrakhan, Russia from Baku when it a struck the pier. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The vessel was detained by local authorities for investigation.
The 56 meter long, 696 dwt freighter Niloufar Abi caught fire while moored at Baku, Azerbaijan. The fire started in the cargo hold containing some 500 tons of metal slag. Local firefighters were called in and the blaze was brought under control a few hours later. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.