The cargo ship named Volgo Balt 179 sank 70 nautical miles off the coast due to a storm this morning while sailing to Romania's port of Constanta in the Black Sea. On the sinking ship 2 seafarers died and 10 people were rescued.
Romanian offshore services company GSP Offshore said that offshore supply ship GSP Falcon received an emergency call from cargo ship Volgo Balt 179 at 4:40 am. GSP said the rescue operation started in extremely bad weather conditions due to strong winds and high waves. The footages of rescue operation has been published.
GSP Falcon's crew pulled ten people on board, including a group of survivors in a life raft and provided the survivors medical care, and one was medevaced for hospital treatment.
Ukraine's government has released the names of the casualties: the deceased are Captain Oleksandr Borysenko and electrician Hrohoriy Lysachenko, and chief mate Ramzan Bolatkhanov is missing.
Volgo Balt 179 was a Soviet-era coastal freighter built in 1973. Her Equasis records shows a long history of PSC deficiencies and detentions: every port state inspection she had between 2000 and 2021 resulted in deficiency entries, save one in 2014. Her last PSC inspection, conducted in Rostov-on-Don eight days ago - just before the casualty voyage - found hull corrosion and improperly secured watertight doors, along with faulty fire pumps.
A sister ship, the 1978-built Volgo Balt 214, broke up and sank in rough weather in January 2019, with six fatalities. Another sister ship, the 1975-built Volgo Balt 189 (renamed Arvin), broke up while at anchor this January. Three crewmembers were found dead, with three more missing.