The general cargo ship Shizhnya ran aground on Volga – Caspian Sea Canal in Russia. The vessel was en route to Amirabad in Iran, passing through one-way traffic leg on 51.1 kilometer mark, but left the fairway and stuck into the sandy/mud shallow. The crew was unable to refloat the cargo vessel by own power and reported the accident to the local authorities, requesting assistance. There is no immediate danger for the seaworthiness of the general cargo ship Shizhnya, but the refloating will be done after special survey and inspection. The salvage contract is under negotiation and not yet concluded.
During the accident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution. The investigation is under way. According to preliminary information, in the scene there was an ice fields, which pushed the vessel outside the fairway and stuck her at the shallow.
The general cargo ship Shizhnya (IMO: 8871572) has overall length of 105.30 m, moulded beam of 16.70 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,997 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,829 GRT. The ship was built in 1987 by Navol Oltenita shipyard in Romania. The owner and operator of the freighter is Turkish company Albros Shipping and Trading.