One more accident at Crimea Bridge construction site, Turkish freighter close miss
Turkish general cargo vessel SORMOVSKIY-48 nearly missed Kerch Bridge constructions in the evening Mar 29, while transiting Kerch Strait in northern direction en route from Turkey to Azov, Azov sea. Vessel took left from fairway, to proceed by Enikalskiy arm, close to Crimea coast, which seems to be a general practice for small coasters plying Strait waters. Such vessels are allowed to transit Strait without taking pilot. Vessel reportedly, stranded off fairway, under joint force of wind and current, and barely missed pillar under construction, with moored to it floating crane.
It’s a second accident in 10 days, previous one occurred under exactly the same circumstances (see https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2016/12067/turkish-freighter-allision-kerch-strait-bridge-rus/)
Russian officials blame vessels, but Master of Turkish freighter LIRA, which damaged bridge pillar on Mar 23, said the construction works lack required for safety navigational warning signs and lights, and general navigational aids update. Meanwhile, LIRA is kept as a hostage until owner pays the cost of damage, estimated by Russian Court as close to $2 million. Accidentally, bridge itself, and construction works, aren’t insured, there is no insurer in Russia with enough funds to cover insurance of such scale, while international insurers give Crimea and everything related to it, a wide berth.