Two cargo ships aground in river Don, Russia

General cargo ship NIKOLAY KUZNETSOV ran aground while leaving Rostov Port, river Don, Russia, Azov sea, in the evening Dec 12. The ship is in load, as of 1400 UTC Dec 13 she was still aground.
General cargo ship VOLGA-4007 ran aground in the evening Dec 12 while leaving Azov Port, river Don estuary, Russia, Azov sea. The ship is loaded with 5000 tons of wheat. Attempts to refloat her with tugs assistance failed, as of 1400 UTC Dec 13 she was still aground.
Both groundings caused by sharp water level fall due to strong offshore wind.
General cargo ship NIKOLAY KUZNETSOV, IMO 8036110, dwt 3134, built 1982, flag Panama, manager ONYX GEMI ISLETMECILIGI.
General cargo ship VOLGA-4007, IMO 8728816, dwt 6277, built 1989, flag Cook Islands, manager PASABAHCE DENIZCILIK TURIZM.



Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.