The Russian syrup tanker Zapadnyy ran aground into a sandbank off the Cumbrian coast at Silloth, UK. The vessel was en route from Workington to Silloth with cargo of molasses, when suffered mechanical failure and grounded into a sandbank at the entrance of the harbor. The vessel was hardly stuck and was neither able to refloat by own power, nor towed by a large fishing boat. The crew reported about the grounding to the local authorities and requested assistance. At the scene of the accident was dispatched a harbor tug, which towed the vessel to safe depth during the high tide. The Russian syrup tanker Zapadnyy was docked at Silloth for unloading and will be fully inspected before return in service.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information, the vessel grounded after steering gear failure. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The tanker Zapadnyy (IMO: 8711837) has overall length of 78.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The vessel has deadweight of 3297 DWT and gross tonnage is 1896 GRT. The tanker was built in 1988 by Rousse Shipyard in Bulgaria and operate under the flag of Belize. During the accident, the vessel was carrying cargo of molasses, which is thick, dark, heavy syrup which is a by-product of sugar refining.