Turkish freighter grounding, Don river, Russia

General cargo ship in ballast ran aground in the afternoon Jan 31 in Azov – Don Sea Canal, while en route from Turkey to Rostov-on-Don. The ship was refloated with the help of icebreaker or tug, not clear, and resumed moving upstream towards Rostov.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.