The product tanker Volgoneft-160, carrying 4,144 tons of bunker fuel, ran aground on 1864-kilometer mark on river Volga. The vessel was en route to Port of Kavkaz in Azov Sea, but during the change of the shipping channels left the shipping way by stern and hardly stuck. The product tanker Volgoneft-160 was not able to refloat by own power and requested assistance from the local authorities. There were no reported damages and oil leak from the troubled ship, but the hazmat team was sent to monitor the area for water pollution. At the scene of the grounding were dispatched towing tug, which will try towing the tanker to safe depth.
The refloating and salvage operation will be done after underwater inspection of the grounded tanker Volgoneft-160. There is no report about damages, but refloating way cause breaches and oil spill. The tanker is surrounded by oil booms as preventive measure against environmental pollution.
The traffic in the area is not affected, as the grounded tanker is partially outside the fairway. The vessels are allowed to pass through the scene of grounding with reduced speed and increase cautiousness.
The product tanker Volgoneft-160 (IMO: 8867129) has overall length of 128.00 m, moulded beam of 17.00 m and maximum draft of 3.60 m. The deadweight of the tanker is 4,190 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,463 GRT. The ship was built in 1981 and operating under the flag of Russia. The owner and operator of the product tanker is Volgotanker.