Russian cargo ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

18 Janvier, 2021, 14:59 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

A spokesman for Ukraine's foreign ministry confirmed the incident, saying Ukrainian consuls were providing consular assistance on site as operations to find four remaining sailors continued.

General cargo ship ARVIN with 15 crew on board reportedly sank or sinking at Bartin anchorage, Turkey, Black sea coast, on Jan 17.

The ship was carrying cargo from Georgia to Bulgaria and was sent to the port of Bartin due to unfavorable weather conditions.

During the search and rescue operation, two bodies were discovered, while five sailors were rescued, as per initial reports. "The lifeless bodies of two people were pulled onto the (rescue) boat", the governor of Turkey's Bartin province, Sinan Guner, was quoted as saying. Two crew reportedly died, SAR was still under way as of 1130 UTC Jan 11.

Guner had said earlier on Sunday that the ship, the Arvin, was a Russian dry freight vessel that sank off the coast of the Inkumu region in poor weather, but later corrected that.

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The ministry added that rescue efforts are underway to rescue the remainder of the crew.

Lifeboats from the ship could be seen some 600-700 meters from the shore and that a Navy vessel had been deployed to try to reach them.

General cargo ship ARVIN, IMO 8874316, dwt 3509, built 1975, flag Palau, owner/manager according to all databases, TESOROMARINE LLC, Odessa, Ukraine.

The cause of the accident remains unclear.

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