Crimean railway ferry hull cracked, breached

Loud noise of tearing steel alerted the crew of rail ferry ANNENKOV when stern-berthed ship was offloading rail cars in Kerch port, Crimea, on Jul 8. The hull rifted along all the length of 164 bulkhead, not less than 10 tear holes were found, with ensuing water ingress into engine room. Ferry’s stern started to submerge, but thanks preventive measures, pumping out water and sealing of underwater holes, ferry was stabilized. Ferry is maintaining railway link between annexed Crimea, Ukraine, and mainland Russia, across Kerch Strait.

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