General cargo ship Vitim breached after grounding in Japan Sea

cargo ship VitimThe general cargo ship Vitim grounded in Zolotaya Bay at Strait of Tartary north off Primorye, Russia. The vessel lost propulsion power and was pushed by the current and winds into a rocky shallow. The ship suffered breaches below the waterline and started getting water ingress. It was understood that engine compartment and ballast tanks were flooded. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene were dispatched three salvage tugs and divers to follow underwater inspection and to assist with refloating. It was estimated that cargo ship Vitim suffered serious breaches and need to be lightered before towing to safe depth.

There were no injured people during the accident. All the crew is safe and vessel is stable with enough seaworthiness. The salvage will be done after offloading some of the cargo on board.

The general cargo ship Vitim (IMO: 8954910) has overall length of 108.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,183 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,281 GRT. During grounding the ship was en route from Svetlaya, Russia with 4,600 cub m cargo of timber. The vessel was built in 1973 by Krasnoyarsk Shipyard in Russia. The owner and operator of the general cargo ship Vitim is Azia Shipping Holding.