On February 3, the 116 meter long, 3340 dwt cargo vessel Amur 2516 was struck by ice in the Azov Sea between Dolzhanskaya and Yeysk, Russia. The Amur 2516 was headed to Ambarli, Turkey loaded with a cargo of peas when it struck an ice flow. The ice cut into the vessel’s hull and the cargo vessel suffered water ingress. The pumps on board were unable to keep up with the flooding and the vessel was at risk of foundering. The master of the Amur 2516 turn course and intentionally ran the vessel aground in shallow waters and sandy bottom near Dolzhanskaya. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the vessel remains aground waiting until repairs can be made on the hull. Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 108 meter long, 5466 dwt general cargo vessel Mekhanik Kovalenko allided with the 138 meter long, 5657 dwt general cargo vessel Volgo Don 213 in the Azov Sea near Taganrog, Russia. The Mekhanik Kovalenko was heaving anchor and preparing to depart when it smashed into the side of the Volgo Don 213. The Volgo Don 213 suffered a small hole above the waterline while the Mekhanik Kovalenko had 4 meters of its bulwarks damaged. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On September 25, the 150 meter long tug Kapitan Rybalko and the barge VT 3759 ran aground in Taganrog Bay, Azov Sea. The Kapitan Rybalko and barge were en route to Kavkaz from Rostov with 3021 tons of calcium chloride when a strong wind pushed the vessels off course into shallow water. The barge ran aground abeam to the shoreline. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The owners have arranged to have the barge refloated.