An explosion occurred onboard a tanker at Port of Makhachkala in Russia today, killing two people.

According to report by Sputnik, the explosion came from the engine room of the 2013-built 7,000 dwt tanker VF Tanker 16 when the vessel was near the No.4 pier of the port.

Initial reports said five crew were injured in the incident and another three were missing, and later two of the three missing crew were found dead. One of the wounded is in a critical condition.

The vessel is operated by Russian company Volga Shipping, which owns a fleet of 99 vessels, made up of 59 small bulkers and 40 small tankers.

Freighter Samarga under tow to Donghae, Japan sea

December 26, 2012

Disabled general cargo vessel Samarga was taken under tow in the afternoon Dec 26 by a salvage tug Lazurit, Japan sea. Samarga is to be towed to Donghae, South Korea. Weather is favourable, with moderate wind and sea, ETA Donghae Dec 28 12.
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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.