Boat sank on the Yenisei "Severstal" and the barge-platform "BP-36" At the 324th km of the Yenisei river (Strelkovsky backwater) November 21, 2012 sank the m/v "Severstal" and the barge-platform "BP-36" (shipowner "Novo Angara Mining"). According to the State Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre of Ministry of Transport of Russia, during the work to clean up the ship was allowed outside water flow and flooding the engine room aft with landing on the ground. An attempt was made to lift the stern with the "BP-36", but when filling the hold with water barge sank. No pollution reported, the shipowner shall take efforts to raise the ship. Source:
An Emergency vessel "ST Wind" (flag Russia, the shipowner JSC "Sovfracht", port Eastern) by rescue ship "Lapis" came to raid of the port of Nakhodka and anchored the evening of November 13th, 2012. This was stated in the materials of the State Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre of Ministry of Transport of Russia. We recall, on the m/v "ST Wind" November 11, 2012 there was an emergency stop of the main engine (out of service automatic control). Ship to the port of Nakhodka in Japan and she was located in the Sea of ​​Japan, 270 miles from the port of Vladivostok. The vessel is carrying a crew of 14 Russians. Source:

UPDATE: Freighter Amurskaya hull could have been damaged during loading.

November 19, 2012

The hull of the Amurskaya bulk-carrier, which has sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk recently, could have been damaged during the loading of gold-bearing ore. Investigators believe the damage may have been done by the use of the high tide-low tide method. Meanwhile, the search is continuing for the missing ship crewmembers. The BE-200 amphibious plane is exploring the water area and coastal area of the Shantar Islands, where the accident occurred. Earlier, rescuers spotted, from aboard the plane, something that looked like a life raft there, but then they lost sight of it. The Amurskaya freighter ship was transporting ore with an overload in excess of 100 tons when she was lost in the area of the Shantar Islands on October 28. An approximately 10-strong crew was on board the ship, according to various reports. The sunken vessel was found at the depth of 25 metres several days later. The body of one crewmember was also found. But what may have happened to the rest of the crew remains unknown.


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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.

Russian general cargo vessel river-sea type, Vuoksa, ran aground in 38 56N 020 43E, Ionian sea, off Preveza, Greece, on Dec 13, 2011. Circumstances of the grounding yet unknown. Vessel stuck on rocks, and must be off-loaded before refloating attempts, to avoid hull damages. Fore draft loss 0.8 meter, attempts to refloat by own means failed. Bottom is rocks and reefs. Forepeak tank, ballast tanks 1 and 2 are flooded. Propeller and rudder are clear Vessel is loaded with 3000 mt of corn. Vessel is exposed to all winds and sea except East direction, presently weather is good, but any deterioration may endanger the vessel. Offloading deem to be necessary.

General cargo Vuoksa IMO 8866709, dwt 3174, built 1978, flag Russia, owner Marship Co., Moscow.

Photos of the vessel, scheme of grounding and damages.

At about 01:30 LT Dec 15, 2011 fire started in one of the crew’s cabins on board of nuclear icebreaker Vaygach. Icebreaker, escorting one or several merchant vessels,  was under way from Dudinka port, Enisey river, Siberia, to Murmansk, still in Enisey, close to river’s estuary.  At  04:00 LT crew extinguished the fire, two crew died and one seriously injured, presumably fire started because of negligence of cabin’s inhabitants. Nuclear reactor and all mechanisms didn’t suffer any damages, but vessel assumedly, is ordered to proceed to Dudinka for investigation.

Nuclear icebreaker Vaygach IMO 8417493, displacement 21100, built 1990, flag Russia, owner Russian Government.

Photo of nuclear icebreaker Vaygach

Russian fishing vessel Sparta issued distress signal at about 19:00 Moscow time Dec 15, 2011 from position in Ross sea, about 2000 nm SE of New Zealand, vessel is stuck in ice, holed and taking on water, there is 13 degrees list.  Crew is 32. Russians  15 (one scientist), 16 Indonesians and 1 Ukrainian. Crew is understood to be well, reports the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ), which is coordinating rescue efforts. The crew is pumping water out of the holds and discharging cargo onto the ice to lighten the ship. Some of the crew have been offloaded onto the ice, as a precautionary measure.

RCCNZ search and rescue mission coordinator Ramon Davis said RCCNZ had contacted a number of vessels operating in the southern ocean, but heavy sea ice was making vessel movement difficult. Another Russian fishing vessel, sister-ship Chiyo Maru no. 3, is making its way towards the stricken vessel. However, Chiyo Maru no. 3 is about 290 nautical miles (NM) away and has no ice classification, meaning no capacity to cut or break through sea ice. The New Zealand vessel San Aspiring, which has some capacity to move through ice, is also making its way towards Sparta. San Aspiring is currently 470 NM from Sparta and at its current speed is expected to reach the vessel in 4-5 days.

A third vessel is only 19 NM away, but is hemmed in by heavy ice and unable to proceed towards Sparta.

A Hercules aircraft from McMurdo Station was in the air and expected to reach Sparta around midday. The aircraft would not be able to rescue any of the crew, but it would assess the ice conditions and help identify options for speeding up the rescue effort, if possible.

There were no helicopters which could undertake a rescue in the area and the best option to assist Sparta was identifying a nearby vessel which could come to its aid.

Fishing vessel Sparta IMO 8809361, displacement 876, built 1988 Japan, flag Russia, owner Sea Raven Co., Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

Chiyo Maru No.3 IMO 8717207, displacement 1051, built 1987, flag Russia, owner Antey Co., Sakhalin, Nevelsk.

Photo of Chiyo Maru No.3, of the same with Sparta type and roughly same dimensions, by Wayne A Court, Lyttelton, New Zealand. Source: