Explosion in Azov Sea.
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On Saturday, an explosion occured on an oil tanker in Azov Sea. The Russian oil tanker, General Azi Aslanov had 13 crew on board, and it is believed that the tanker empty and in good condition.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry said that the explosion took place as the oil tanker was travelling from the port of Kavkaz to the city of Rostov-on-Don. After the explosion, there was no fire, but the blast was so powerful that it tore part of the metal inside out. Ten of the crew were immediately rescued. A rescue operation was lauched after three crewmen were not recovered, but it was believed they were in the water. The ship tilted on one side, and the Russian authorities attempted to stabilize it.
Maritime officials believe that the explosion occured due to flammable vapours left behind the tanker’s previous cargo. Violation of safety procedures by the crewmen was not ruled out. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the explosion. A team of divers will inspect the ship on Sunday. The vessel has been towed to the anchorage in the port of Kavkaz.