General cargo ship River Eregli ran aground in Black Sea off Crimea

River EregliThe general cargo ship River Eregli ran aground in Black Sea off Alupka in southernmost Crimea. The vessel was en route from Burgas, Bulgaria to Novorossiysk, Russia, but suffered engine failure after blackout and remained adrift on 11 nm east off Yalta. The vessel issued distress signal, but rejected assistance from the nearby vessels. The currents and wind pushed the vessel toward the rocky shallow of Alupka and the freighter ran aground with her bow. There was no visible signs of distress and danger for the seaworthiness of the ship, but shipowner’s agent contacted Russian Navy Command, asking for towage and salvage. The cargo ship River Eregli was refloated to safe depth and towed to Sevastopol.

During the accident there were no reported injuries and no water pollution. The grounding did not caused damages to the hull and the ship will return in service after special survey and inspection. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.

The general cargo ship River Eregli (IMO: 8324581) has overall length of 58.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 3.40 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,394 DWT and the gross tonnage is 794 GRT. The general cargo ship River Eregli is operating under the flag of Micronesia and was built in 1984 by Yorkshire Dry Dock in UK.