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A strong storm has hit several ships in the Azov and Black Seas on 11 November 2007. Several crew are missing after at least six Russian vessels have been hit by a storm in the Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov in southern Russia. Two crewmembers have died.
- The 1978-built tanker Volganeft-139,designed primarily for inland and coastal service, loaded with 4,000 metric tons of oil broke apart during a storm on Sunday at the port of Kavkaz in the Sea of Azov in southern Russia. More than 1,000 metric tons of oil has leaked into the sea.The 13-member crew was not hurt in the incident. The tanker, Volganeft-139, was on its way from the port of Azov in the southern Russian region of Rostov to Kerch in Ukraine’s eastern Crimea when high waves broke its hull at around 0445 (0145 GMT) on Sunday.
- The dry cargo ship Nakhichevan loaded with sulfur sank during a storm on Sunday at the Kavkaz port in the Sea of Azov in Russia’s south. Whereabouts of eight sailors is not known.
- The dry cargo ship Volnogorsk carrying 2,000 metric tons of sulfur sank off the port of Kavkaz in the Kerch Strait on Sunday.
- The tanker Volganeft-123, is reported to be in distress and a crack has been found in its hull.
- Also dry cargo vessel, Kovel, is reported to be in distress.
- A sixth ship, a Russian vessel carrying scrap metal, was reported sunk outside the Ukraine port of Sevastopol.
- A Georgian freighter and a Turkish one were also stranded off the nearby Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk.
Surprisingly, all the captains in the strait were warned about the storm at 1715 (1415 GMT) on 10 November. All of them had enough time to leave the dangerous area. Russia and Ukraine have set up headquarters at the level of deputy transport ministers to manage the shipwrecks in the Sea of Azov.
Further details are available at ria novosti
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