Trawler on fire, Okhotsk sea UPDATE abandoned

May 18 UPDATE: 5 crew leaded by Master failed to subdue fire, and left the vessel. KAPITAN CHERNOV, as of 0700 Moscow time May 18, was at anchor, abandoned and burning.

Trawler KAPITAN CHERNOV caught fire on the night May 18 in Okhotsk sea, 15 nm off Ozernovskiy town, southwest Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. Superstructure said to be on fire. Out of 27 crew, 22 fishermen were evacuated to a nearby trawler REAL (IMO 8938435), 5 including Master remain on board and fight fire. Salvage tug SUVOROVETS (IMO 7808293) is steaming to assist distressed vessel, ETA reportedly, May 19. On a photo from fleetphoto.ru trawler Kapitan Chernov at Busan, Korea.
Trawler KAPITAN CHERNOV, IMO 9101015, displacement 1220, built 1993, flag Russia, owner DalRybProm Co., Vladivostok.

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