LPG blaze kills at least 10 off Crimea

Two Tanzanian flagged LPG carriers caught fire in a giant blaze on Monday in the Kerch Strait near Crimea with a number of crew rescued, 10 seafarers confirmed dead and another seven missing.

The huge fire was caught on video and Russian authorities say the flames spilled from one ship to another as they transferred cargoes. Other unconfirmed reports claim one of the ships was targeted by Russian aircraft. Survivors were seen leaping into the Black Sea.

The ships are reportedly named Maestro and Candy.

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.


  1. Yes, the Tanzanian merchant marine is famous for its LPG carriers operating worldwide.

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