The general cargo ship Salix ran aground at Vlaardingen in Maas, Netherlands. The vessel was en route from Rotterdam to Hamburg, but after engine failure left the fairway and stuck into the sand embankment. The vessel hardly aground and was not able to refloat by own power. The crew reported the accident to the local authorities and requested assistance. At the scene was dispatched tug, which refloated the general cargo ship Salix shortly after grounding and towed her back to Werkhaven near grounding site. The vessel was docked for underwater survey and special safety inspection. It was estimated the general cargo ship suffered damages in the bulbous bow and will need of repairs. The ship was detained until ensure seaworthiness and safety inspection.
The accident is under investigation by the local authorities. During the grounding there were no injured people and no water pollution. The traffic at Vlaardingen was not blocked, but hampered for short time during grounding and salvage operations. There was no congestion reported at the shipping way.
The general cargo ship Salix (IMO: 8520446) has overall length of 89.20 m, moulded beam of 11.50 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,510 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,120 GRT. The vessel was built in 1986 by JJ Sietas Schiffswerft in Hamburg, Germany. The owner and operator of the general cargo ship is Turkish operator Furkan Shipping Investment.