Ferry Baltiysk suffered cargo shift during storm in Baltic Sea

Baltiysk ferryThe ferry Baltiysk suffered cargo shift in Baltic Sea at Kaliningrad anchorage, Russia. The vessel was awaiting for pilot to enter the port, but was caught by bad weather and heavy seas. The The ferry Baltiysk swung around the anchor and remained at beam to the swell, which caused derailing of two oil cars with fuel on upper deck and developing of list to starboard. The crew secured the oil cars according to the safety rules and weighed anchor, heading to open sea and storming the waves in anticipation for weather improvement. The ship remained two days at sea and yesterday afternoon (December 29) successfully docked at the port for unloading.

There were no injured people and reported water pollution from the accident. The oil cars were secured and there was no information about leaks, but hazmat teams will inspect them before offloading. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause and circumstances around the accident.

The ferry Baltiysk (IMO: 8318130) has overall length of 187.00 m, moulded beam of 22.00 m and maximum draft of 5.80 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 9,879 DWT and the gross tonnage is 20,126 GRT. The ship was built in 1984 by SSW Schichau Seebeck Shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany. The ferry Baltiysk is operated by the Russian company Tehnotimmarin.