Product tanker Midvolga 3 ran aground at Kaliningrad Sea Canal

Midvolga-3 tankerThe product tanker Midvolga-3 ran aground while entering Kaliningrad Sea Canal after engine failure and blackout. The vessel was coming from Vysotsk, carrying 3,400 tons of heavy fuel, but left the fairway after blackout and touched the bottom near the Southern jetty. The accident was reported to the local authorities, but no assistance and salvage was requested. The crew succeeded to refloat the product tanker Midvolga-3 by own power and successfully docked at Kaliningrad port. After berthing at the port was estimated that ship is breached in bow thruster area and suffered water ingress. The breach was small and did not caused danger for the seaworthiness and stability of the tanker, but the local authorities ordered safety inspection and survey of the tanker.

There were no injured people during the accident and no water pollution reported. The vessel was released by authorities after it was estimated that water ingress is minor and all the damages were repaired. The tanker is still moored at Kaliningrad port for cargo handling operations. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.

The product tanker Midvolga-3 (IMO: 9735141) has overall length of 140.00 m, moulded beam of 17.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 6,200 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4867 GRT. The tanker was built in 2014 by Haichuan Shipyard in Yangzhou, China. The product tanker Midvolga-3 is operating under the flag of Russia and managed by Middle Volga Shipping.