The 128 meter long cargo vessel Sea Leader allided with the tanker SVL Unity in the Kerch Strait at the port of Kavkaz, Russia. The Sea Leader was departing from Kavkaz with 4300 tons of sunflower for Izmir, Turkey when it struck the berthed SVL Unity. Both vessels sustained only minor damage, but were detained in the port until surveys could be completed. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 103 meter long, 1703 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Boris Shtokolov ran aground in the Kerch Strait near the port of Kavkaz, Russia. The ferry was en route with 34 passengers and vehicles when it ran aground just outside the port. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
An attempt to refloat itself failed and the ferry requested assistance. Reports state several tugs were contracted to pull the ferry free.
On December 29, the 110 meter long, 3170 dwt ro-ro railroad car ferry Annenkov allided with the 102 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Elena at Kavkaz, Russia. The Annenkov was attempting to berth when strong winds caused the rail ferry to drift into the moored Elena. Both vessels only suffered minor damage and dents. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Both vessels were to be inspected before allowing to return to service.