The VolgoBalt 179, a dry cargo vessel with crew 13 on board sank in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania early on Thursday, March 11.

The Romanian offshore services company GSP Offshore reports that its GSP Falcon offshore vessel had received a distress call from the cargo ship at 04:40 local time. The cargo ship, which had been en route to the Romanian port of Constanta, sank 70 nautical miles off the coast in the Black Sea, most likely due to the very strong storm.

According to the report, Grup Servicii Petroliere has currently rescued ten people who are in the hospital of the GSP Falcon ship and receive the necessary assistance. However, two people died. Another crew member is being miss for in the sea, and the rescue operation continues.

Cargo vessel Volgo Balt 179 was built in 1973, flag the Comoras.

 Late in the evening 14.01.2021 near Astrakhan, M/V "KOMPOZITOR GASANOV", registered to the Astrakhan port, ran aground.

The incident took place in the north of the Caspian Sea. There are sixteen crew on board, no casualties, food and water will last for two weeks. As reported in the main department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in the Astrakhan region, the ship was not damaged; there is no pollution of the sea area either.
The ships traffic was not suspended. Soon the work will begin to remove the vessel from the shallows, according to local media.





General cargo ship ZERNOGRAD laden with grain ran aground in Azov area near Petrovskiy village, Don river, Azov sea, Russia, while en route from Rostov-on-Don to Trabzon Turkey, at 0950 Moscow time Jan 26. As of 1530 Moscow time Jan 26, the ship was still aground with no tugs in sight (though reportedly, 4 tugs were sent), probably waiting for high water.

General cargo ship ZERNOGRAD, IMO 9252905, dwt 6207, built 2001, flag Russia, manager TD RIF LLC., Rostov.


Fire erupted on board of fishing vessel ENIGMA ASTRALIS early in the morning Jan 21 in Okhotsk sea SE of Magadan, Russia. No information on fire cause and on fire area, where exactly did it start. Reportedly, all 47 crew went to nearby fishing vessels, there is a lot of smoke, but no visible flame. Vessel’s AIS is on, as of 0500 UTC Jan 21 she was drifting, with many vessels nearby.

No injures reported. The Far Eastern Transport Prosecutor’s Office is conducting a fire check.

Fire erupted in superstructure of general cargo ship VOLGO-BALT 205 at around 0400 Moscow time Sep 27 near Tolyatti city, Volga river, Central Russia. The ship with some 300 ton of steel constructions on board was en route from S-Petersburg to Astrakhan. Fire quickly engulfed all superstructure including living quarters, all 12 crew abandoned the ship. As of 1030 Moscow time fire was still smoldering, superstructure seemingly, burned out and is totally destroyed.

General cargo ship VOLGO-BALT 205, IMO 8230338, dwt 3498, built 1977, flag Russia, owner VICTORIA Co., Russia.


Fire erupted on board of Russian trawler BUKHTA NAEZDNIK, berthed at Brevik harbor, Tromso, Norway, at around 1100 LT Sep 25. Fie engulfed area fore of superstructure, with a lot of billowing smoke. Reportedly, ropes, oil and plastic materials are on fire. 29 crew who were on board are all accounted for, 27 were taken to hospital for medical check for possible smoke inhalation. As of 1300 UTC, fire wasn’t yet extinguished. AIS is on, trawlerremains berthed with tug and SAR boat nearby.

Trawler BUKHTA NAEZDNIK, IMO 8913253, displacement 2877, built 1991, flag Russia, owner Murmansk Trawl Fleet.


Russian motor vessel with coal ran aground in the Kerch Strait. The vessel loaded with coal ran aground in the Kerch Strait in the morning of June 24, 2019, the Interfax-South agency reports.

"At 05:49 Moscow time the motor vessel “Siberin-1”, the flag of the Russian Federation, ran aground when leaving the Southern region of the port of Kavkaz. Damage to the hull is not observed. There is no threat to shipping” - said the source.

The source clarified that the vessel deviated from fairway of the approach channel at 90 m, which was the cause of the incident. On board the vessel is 4,300 tons of coal.

Currently, the port authorities are addressing the issue of the allocation of tugs and the removal of the vessel from the ground.