General cargo ship Port Olya 3 grounded in Caspian sea Investment
The general cargo ship Port Olya 3 grounded in Caspian sea on 15 nautical miles South-East off Lagan, Russia. The vessel was proceeding at Volga – Caspian sea Canal, when suffered steering gear failure and ran aground into a sandy/mud shallow off the coast. The cargo ship stuck hardly and was not able to refloat by own power. The general cargo vessel Port Olya 3 was loaded with 495 tons of mill cake and several containers en route from Iran to port Olya, Volga river. Before running aground, the vessel headed to approach to the river-sea channel, but steering gear blocked the ship grounded into the shallow.
The crew requested assistance from local authorities, but there are concerns for possible hull damage and was ordered underwater inspection before towing back to safe depth. During the grounded there is no water pollution and no injured seamen. The salvage operation is planned for tomorrow, when the vessel is expected to be refloated and anchored for full inspection. In case of failure during refloating, the vessel might be partially unloaded to reduce draft.
The general cargo ship Port Olya 3 (IMO: 9481910) has overall length of 123.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 5,185 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,879 GRT. The ship was built in 2011 by Huaxia Shipping Yard in Wuhan, China and managed by the Russian operator United Cargo Fleet.