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.
The 40 meter long tugboat Squall sank south of the Kerch Strait near the Crimean Peninsula. The tug had suffered steering failure in heavy seas allowing water ingress. The seven crew abandoned ship into the vessel’s life raft before the Squall sank. Authorities were alerted and dispatched several vessels to the scene. A cargo vessel came upon the life raft and rescued all seven crew of the Squall. No reports of injuries.
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.