The 106 meter long, 5022 dwt cargo vessel Mumtaz Amca suffered an explosion in the Black Sea near the Sinop anchorage off Turkey. The Mumtaz Amca was headed to Izmit, Turkey from Tuapse, Russia with a cargo of coal. Conditions had been stormy and the cargo vessel had sought shelter off Sinop before continuing its journey. While anchored, there was an explosion in the boiler room. One crewman died in the explosion while another was severely injured requiring him to be taken off the Mumtaz Amca and taken to a nearby hospital. The Mumtaz Amca sustained some damage, but no details have been disclosed.
On February 18, the 114 meter long, 3261 dwt general cargo vessel Fort Azov sank in the Black Sea near Ayancik, Sinop, Turkey. The Fort Azov was en route from Varna with 3,000 tons of wood when it suffered a cargo shift in bad weather. Reports state the bad weather had caused some deck cargo to wash over board causing the vessel to develop a heavy list to port. The vessel requested assistance before abandoning ship into the vessel’s life rafts. The Turkish Coastguard arrived on scene and safely rescued the 12 crew. The following night the Fort Azov sank. Reports state vessel had frequented to Kerch in the Crimean.