The general cargo ship Bellatrix ran aground in Azov Sea off Eysk port, Russia. The vessel lost propulsion power after engine failure shortly after leaving the port, which caused leaving the fairway and stucking into the sand embarkment. The ship hardly stuck and the crew was not able to refloat her by own power. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene immediately were dispatched two tugs, which towed the general cargo ship to safe depth and secured her at outer anchorage. The ship was anchored and detained for safety inspection and underwater survey.
There were no reports about injured people and water pollution after the grounding. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The traffic at the shipping way was not affected during the grounding.
The general cargo ship Bellatrix (IMO: 8230405) has overall length of 114.00 m, moulded beam of 13.20 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 2,893 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,457 GRT. The freighter was built in 1978 by Zavody Tazkeho Strojarstva in Komarno, Slovakia. The owner and operator of the general cargo ship Bellatrix is Turkish company Isbir Shipping. During the accident, the vessel was en route from Eysk port, Russia to Famagusta, Cyprus, carrying 3,298 tons of corn.