Iranian cargo ship Rasha 1 collided with Russian freighter Volgobalt 239 at Astrakhan anchorage

Rasha 1Iranian general cargo ship Rasha 1 dragged anchor and collided with Russian freighter Volgobalt 239 at Astrakhan anchorage in Volga River. The collision did not caused serious damages to the both vessels, including crumpled racks of the guard railing and damaged layers. None of the crew on board of the both vessels was injured during the accident and there is no report about water pollution. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene of the collision was sent tug, which secured back the Iranian general cargo ship Rasha 1 at the anchorage. The both vessels were detained for special survey and inspection before return in service.

The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.

The general cargo ship Rasha 1 (IMO: 8860028) is operating under the flag of Iran, owned and managed by company Delta Marine Khazar. During the accident, the vessel was waiting to enter the port of Astrakhan from Anzali in Iran. The ship has overall length of 88.90 m, moulded beam of 12.30 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m. The deadweight of the freighter is 2,755 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,839 GRT. The general cargo ship Rasha 1 was built in 1987 by Krasnoe Sarmovo shipyard in Rybinsk, Russia.

The freighter Volgobalt 239 (IMO: 8230534) has overall length of 113.90 m, moulded beam of 13.20 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,510 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,600 GRT. The ship was built in 1982 by Zavody Tazkeho Strojarstva in Slovakia. The freighter Volgobalt 239 is operating under the flag of Russia.