Ship in Deadly Black Sea Blaze was Turned Away from Port Over Sanctions

By Damir Khalmetov and Alexander Ershov MOSCOW, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Two ships ablaze in the Black Sea region, leaving at least 10 crew dead, caught fire while transferring fuel mid-sea after one vessel was barred from using its usual port in southern Russia due to U.S. sanctions risk, two sources told Reuters. The vessels, which caught fire on Monday, have the same names … [Read more...]

Death Toll Set to Climb from Black Sea Ship Fire

  MOSCOW, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Ten crew died and another 10 were missing presumed dead in a fire that broke out on two ships while they were transferring fuel in the Black Sea, Russia's Transport Ministry said on Tuesday. The vessels which caught fire on Monday have the same names as two Tanzania-flagged ships, the Maestro and Venice, which last year were included on a … [Read more...]

Rescue Underway as Two Ships Catch Fire in Kerch Strait

MOSCOW, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russia's transport ministry said on Monday, with a rescue operation still underway. The ministry said earlier on Monday that crew members were jumping into the sea to escape the blaze, which probably broke out during a … [Read more...]