Iranian freighter grounding, Caspian sea
Iranian general cargo vessel PATRIS ran aground on 50.5 kilometer mark Volga – Caspian Sea Canal at 0945 Moscow time Dec 15 while passing one-way fairway leg in floating ice. Vessel loaded with 2800 tons of corn, destined for Enzeli Iran, was pushed by ice from fairway to shallows. No damages, no leaks reported, but as of morning Dec 17, vessel was still aground, awaiting owner’s salvage contract. Icebreaker KAPITAN BUKAEV is on standby near grounding site.