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According to the MSS press service, specialists of the Azov-Black Sea branch of the Maritime Rescue Service FGBU completed emergency rescue operations on the Nila ship (Togo flag), which crashed on October 9 near the port of Kavkaz.
The captain of the vessel reported the arrival of seawater in the ballast tanks of the ship loaded with coal (about 4 thousand tons).
According to the instructions of the MSPTS Kerch, for carrying out the emergency and rescue operations, vessels “Morspasluzhby” were sent to the emergency vessel, carrying duty on duty in the sea — the launch boat “Alexander Sizontsev” and the sea tug “Mercury” with drainage equipment on board.
Coming to the emergency vessel, the forces and means of the Azov-Black Sea branch of the Federal Service for Marine Safety Service received a message from the border service about the prohibition of work in connection with the closed border on the m/v “Nila”. Rescuers were given the opportunity to rent a crew consisting of 11 people.
The captain of the emergency ship refused to leave the ship. The ships of “Morspasluzhby” began rescue watch at 3 cables from the m/v “Nila”, awaiting further orders.
Due to the deterioration of weather conditions and the increased danger in this connection, 7 crew members left the m/v “Nila”.
On 10.09.2018, the shipowner made a decision to conclude a rescue agreement with the involvement of additional forces and means.
A collector-348 collector, a diving station and a rescue batch with special equipment joined the carriers on duty for the tug and the bonder for rescue operations.
The rescue team made a diving inspection of the hull, revealed several holes ranging in size from 200×80 to 100×2 mm.
Hard patches were initially installed on the holes that were detected, as a result of which the water supply stopped and then the holes were welded.
Conducted rescue operations helped prevent flooding of the vessel and cargo, as well as prevent environmental pollution of the water area.
Source: Maritime News of Russia