November 19, 2011, ro-ro Sanduga suffered mechanical failure en route from Busan to Vladivostok in Japan sea, fully loaded with cars. Another ro-ro of the same owner, ro-ro Ryofu, came to assist disabled vessel, and managed to take her on tow. Tow broke after several hours of towage, and ship owner requested salvage. Russian State Salvage Agency DVBASU sent salvage tug Lazurit, which arrived to disabled vessel in the morning hours Nov 20, to tow Sanduga to Vladivostok.

Ro-Ro vessel Sanduga IMO 7820241, dwt 3580, built 1979, flag Belize, owner NATIE SHIPPING CO LTD Vladivostok.

Ro-ro vessel Ruofu IMO 8907254, dwt 2553, built 1989, flag Mongolia, owner  NATIE SHIPPING CO LTD Vladivostok.