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Explosion on Russian oil tanker blasts hole in hull — 3 missing

PortandTerminal.com, October 25, 2020

MOSCOW – A Russian oil tanker has been rocked by an explosion in the Sea of Azov. A hole ranging in size from 5 to 12 meters was formed on the General Hazi Aslanov tanker as a result of an explosion a source in the emergency services told Russia’s TASS news agency on Sunday.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry said the explosion on the General Azi Aslanov took place as the tanker was en route from the port of Kavkaz to the port of Rostov-on-Don. Authorities said 10 members of the tanker’s 13-person crew have been rescued, while the remaining three were believed to have been thrown overboard by the blast.

Three rescue vessels were heading to the site to search for the missing crew. The tanker has tilted and efforts to stabilize the ship were underway.

Maritime officials said the tanker wasn’t loaded explosion may have been triggered by flammable vapours left behind from the vessel’s previous cargo.

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