Two cargo vessels collided on July 31 at 3 p.m. UTC off Azov according to the local Vessel Traffic Control Centre. The first vessel, Borisfen, was en route to Turkey laden with wheаt from Rostov. The second one, Welle, was en route to Rostov in ballast.
Both cargo ships had pilots on board and collided on opposite courses. The Borisfen's bulkheads and bulwarks were dented in the portside forepeak bilge and its main deck had some tears.
Borisfen (IMO number 8887753 and MMSI 214182124) was built in 1986. The general cargo vessel is registered in Moldova and has deadweight of 3,201 DWT. It is managed by KD Shipping Co Ltd Inc (Ukraine).
Welle (IMO number 8101410 and MMSI 273417080) was built in 1982. The general cargo vessel is registered in Cambodia and has a deadweight of 3,848 DWT. It is managed by MD Shipping Co (Ukraine).
Image: B. Meier