Cargo ship with barley bound for Iran aground in Caspian sea

General cargo ship PORT OLYA 2 loaded with 4698 tons of barley ran aground in Volga – Caspian Seaway Channel at 143.5 kilometer mark, at around 1600 Moscow time Mar 18, while en route from Port Olya river Volga, to Amirabad Iran. As of 2100 Moscow time, the ship was still aground, with tug nearby.
General cargo ship PORT OLYA 2, IMO 9481881, dwt 5185, built 2012, flag Russia, manager SP-SHIPPING, Astrakhan.

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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.