VIDEO: 10 dead, and 10 missing after fire on two ships in Kerch Strait

At least 10 crew have died and 10 are missing after a fire on board two ships in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait.

An explosion on board one of two Tanzanian-registered vessels is reported to have caused a fire which spread to both vessels. The two vessels, named as Kandy and Maestro, one of which is an LPG carrier, were reported to be carrying out a fuel transfer when explosion and fire broke out.

"Search continues. According to latest reports, 10 people remain missing, 10 bodies were recovered, and 12 people were rescued. The fire on ships continues blazing. It will not be extinguished until all the gas burns out," a spokesman for the Novorossiysk maritime rescue centre told Russian news agency TASS on Tuesday.

The Kandy was reported to have a crew of 17, including nine Turkish citizens and eight Indian nationals. The other, the Maestro, had a crew of 15 comprising seven Turkish nationals, seven Indian citizens, and one Libyan.

Posted 22 January 2019

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Marcus Hand

Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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