Turkish freighter breached, crew evacuated, Crimea Update

Feb 1 Update:
General cargo ship BERG sustained hull breach in fore ballast tanks area while proceeding on river Don, date and circumstances unknown, prior to Jan 31. Water ingress was noticed at night Jan 31 when the ship transited Kerch Strait and was already in Black sea, vessel developed fore tilt and portside list 3 degrees. Pumps couldn’t control water ingress, Master contacted Feodosia port authorities via VHF and asked permission to proceed to Feodosia anchorage, permission was granted. At 0120 Moscow time Feb 1 BERG issued distress signal and requested crew evacuation. At 0205 BERG was brought to anchor 6 nm off Feodosia, at 0223 all 12 crew went to tug and were transferred to Feodosia. Owner is fixing salvage operation.

Initial news:
Turkish freighter BERG suffered hull breach under unknown circumstances on Jan 31 in Crimea Peninsula waters, while en route from Kerch, Crimea, to Bandirma, Turkey. The ship changed course and headed for Feodosia Bay, Crimea, where, according to Russian Emergency Agency, she was brought to anchor. 12 crew were evacuated, divers were to survey damages. As of 0600 UTC Feb 1, the ship was off Feodosia, at anchor, according to Russian authorities.

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