Security Alert – Drifting Mines in the Black Sea

Security Alert: Drifting mines in the Black Sea

Location: Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Black Sea, Sea of ​​Azov

Event: Drifting mines in the Black Sea

Confirmed reports point to an unknown number of drifting mines in the western Black Sea, at least four of which were intercepted by Turkish and Romanian authorities. Drifting mines pose a hazard to commercial and passenger vessels.

The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens traveling by sea consult the advisories of the NATO Maritime Center and the U.S. Maritime Advisory System regarding the risk of collateral damage in the northwest, west, and southwest of the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov.

Actions to take:

  • Be careful when planning to travel by boat in the Black Sea region.
  • If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming trip, check with your cruise/ferry line, tour group, or travel provider for updates.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and monitor navigational alert sources (NAVTEX or SafetyNET) for the most up-to-date information.
  • Mariners planning to visit the area should also consult US Marine Advisories and Alerts. Information may also be posted on the US Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website – select “broadcast warnings”.

In an emergency or if you need assistance, it is advisable to call the police (#112), seek a safe place and wait for police assistance.

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