Posted on January 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Russian tug, Priboy, sank in the port of Temryuk in the Azov Sea, at approximately 9 am in the morning of January the 17th.
The tug was pulling a barge loaded with coal at the time of the incident.
The tug initially suffered water ingress, reportedly caused by breaches in the ballast tank, forepeak and engine room.
As a result, the vessel started to list on its starboard side.
Another tug attempted to stabilize the tug at the quay, giving the crew time to evacuate.
However, onboard pumps failed to control the water ingress, and the vessel proceeded to capsize later in the day.
Divers were sent to seal the holes in the vessel, but the ship has been deemed a total loss and will be scrapped.
An initial oil leak was quickly brought under control. Local authorities used booms to contain the leak, before cleansing it.
The wreck of the tug is scheduled to be removed from the area as soon as possible.