20 feared dead from LPG blaze off Crimea

As many as 20 seafarers are now feared dead following the terrible blaze between two Tanzanian-flagged LPG carriers transferring cargoes on Monday in the Kerch Strait near Crimea. Authorities say 14 are dead with another six missing in freezing waters.

The huge fire was caught on video and Russian authorities say the flames spilled from one ship to another as they transferred cargoes.

The ships are reportedly named Maestro and Candy and are owned by Turkey’s Milenyum Denizcilik Gemi, a company sanctioned by the US in 2015 for fuel deliveries to Syria.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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