The tanker Volgoneft 217 ran aground at 567-km mark of river Lower Sheksna in Russia. The vessel was en route from Yaroslavl to St Petersburg, carrying 4,382 tons of fuel oil, but suffered steering gear failure and left the fairway, stucking into the mud shallow with her starboard. According to the data of the State Marine Rescue and Coordination Center of the Russian Ministry of Transport, the tanker lost draft on the starboard side of about 15 cm. There were no reported damages or oil leaks from the troubled merchant ship Volgoneft 217, but the accident was reported to local authorities. Later, the vessel successfully refloated by own power and anchored near the site of grounding, waiting for special survey and underwater inspection.
During the accident there were no reported injuries and water pollution. The traffic at river Lower Sheksna is not affected. The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the grounding.
The tanker Volgoneft 217 (IMO: 8925414) has overall length of 132.60 m, moulded beam of 16.90 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 4,150 DWT and the gross tonnage is 3,463 GRT. The tanker was built in 1970 at Rouse Shipyard in Bulgaria.