The oil product tanker VF Tanker 16 caught fire in engine room on about 6 nautical miles off Volna Oil Terminal in Kerch, Crimea, Russia, reported RCC Rosmorrechflot. The flames erupted control panel of the diesel generator No 1, which resulted in damages to the aggregate. The crew succeeded to extinguish the flames without allowing them to extend to the compartment or engulf other appliances. The accident was reported to the local authorities, but vessel remained adrift without propulsion power for a while. The crew started repairing the troubled generator and several hours later succeeded to eliminated the malfunction. The vessel was released to return in service proceeded voyage to the port of Rostov-na-Don, Russia.
Fortunately during the accident there were no reported injuries and no water pollution. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
The oil product tanker VF Tanker 16 (IMO: 9645059) has overall length of 141.00 m, moulded beam of 17.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 7,033 DWT and the gross tonnage is 5,075 GRT. The oil product tanker was built in 2013 by Oka Shipyard in Navashino, Russia. The vessel is classified by Russian Maritime Shipping Register and managed by VF Tanker LLC.