Collision off Kavkaz
The tank m/v 'VF Tanker-22' (IMO: 9645114), enroute from Burgas to Yeysk with an ETA as of Jan 17, 2021, and the 'Captain Ivan Vikulov', coming from Rostov-on-Don, were in collision in the Kerch Strait off the port of Kavkaz in the evening of Jan 15. The hulls of both vessels suffered minor damage. The reasons of the incident were being investigated.
Derelict freighter is drifting, on fire and stuck in ice, in the middle of Azov sea
Derelict Russian freighter Captain Ivan Vikulov is drifting, on fire and stuck in ice, in the middle of Azov sea, and no one seems to care. Media said “the fire was extinguished”, but that’s an assumption, not the fact. Icebreaker Kapitan Moshkin with evacuated last 4 crew (10 were evacuated by helicopter earlier that day), left the vessel at around 1600 Moscow time Feb 6, there no one on board, and nobody was fighting fire. The fate of the vessel is unknown, media said that the salvage is subject to payment. Shipowner didn’t sign salvage contract yet, and until then, nobody will do anything about derelict vessel on fire. This is really strange, to say the least, as the distressed derelict vessel drifts in Azov sea, enclosed area with heavy shipping, divided between Ukraine and Russia. Russian authorities differ in statements – some say, icebreaker will return to the vessel, others say, it’s a question of payment. Meanwhile, unusually cold winter in Azov sea region resulted in heavy ice, at least two freighters, Mystery K and Volgo-Balt 239, are stuck in ice, waiting for icebreakers. Read full story at http://www.odin.tc/news/read.asp?articleID=550
Fire so far extinguished
The fire on board the "Ivan Vikulov" has been extinguished by Feb 6, 2012, however smouldering may still continue below decks. The "Ivan Vikulov" is currently at anchor in the Sea of Azov 50 kilometers east of the village of Strelkovoye on the Arabat Spit. Before, an Mi-8 helicopter evacuated ten people from the "Ivan Vikulov". An emergency crew of four people, including the captain, remained on board until they were taken to Port Kavkaz on board an ice breaker. The "Ivan Vikulov" was heading from Algeria to Rostov-on-Don which has been blocked by ice since January 28. Rescue services received a report about the fire on board the Ivan Vikulov at 0650 local time on Sunday. Preliminary reports say that the fire was caused by an explosion.Upload News