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.
The 56 meter long, 857 dwt fishing vessel Carolina 33 caught fire in the Okhotsk Sea near Magadan, Russia. The fire started in the fishing processing workshop by an electrical short circuit in an ice generator. The blaze spread to the engine room and on to the main deck.
The crew sent out a distress call with the nearby trawler Yantar 1 responding. The Yantar 1 arrived on scene and transferred some 39 out of 52 crew off the Carolina 33. Authorities dispatched the salvage tug Sibirskiy to assist in firefighting efforts.
No further details reported to the status of the vessel or extent of damage. No reports of injuries to the 39 crew rescued.
The 103 meter long fishing vessel Germes became stuck in solid ice near Magadan, Russia. The trawler had been driving through the ice when it suffered a broken joint disabling the vessel. Reports state the vessel is not in distress and does not require any rescue efforts. No further details were reported.