The 109 meter long, 2858 dwt oil tanker Palflot 2 caught fire in the Caspian Sea near Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan. The Palflot 2 was en route to Turkmenbashi in ballast when the fire broke out on deck. The blaze quickly engulfed the vessel’s superstructure killing one crewman. The remaining 10 persons on board were later rescued by a nearby cargo vessel. Reports stated the vessel was adrift and Russian aircraft were to be dispatched to extinguish the fire.
The 123 meter long, 5185 dwt cargo vessel Port Olya 3 ran aground in the Caspian Sea off Lagan, Russia. The Port Olya 3 was proceeding from Iran with a cargo of mill cake and containers for Olya on the Volga River when it suffered steering gear failure and ran aground off the shore near the canal entrance. The cargo vessel was unable to refloat itself and requested assistance from local authorities. Authorities inspected the vessel for damage and will expect the vessel to be refloated the following day. No report of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 89 meter long, 2755 dwt cargo vessel Nazmehr ran aground in the Caspian Sea off Kuryk, Kazakhstan. The Nazmehr had been at anchor when a winter storm blew in. The storm caused the vessel’s anchors to drag and the Nazmehr ran aground. The Nazmehr’s hull sustained multiple breaches as it was push against the rocky bottom.
Multiple tugs and barges have been contracted to help with salvage and lightering efforts. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Nazmehr was loaded with containers with container goods and cars. The containers will be offloaded onto barges while divers will attempt to conduct temporary repairs and dewatering efforts.