Freighter holed, water ingress under control, Kerch Strait

MRCC Moscow: General cargo vessel CAPRICORN at 0130 Moscow time Mar 3 reported hull breach and ensuing water ingress in ballast tank 8 area, probably after contacting ice. Vessel requested assistance in sealing water leak. Vessel was brought to anchor on Kerch anchorage, Kerch Strait. Crew managed to take water ingress under control, salvage ship SPASATEL DEMIDOV is on standby near CAPRICORN, awating the arrival of divers to survey the hull, and patch the hole. Vessel with 2843 tons of barley on board is en route from Kavkaz port Russia to Tartous port, Syria.

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