Freighter blocking Canal, Caspian sea UPDATE refloated

Jun 18: Freighter refloated, moved from fairway, traffic reopened. Freighter anchored near grounding site, as of 0700 UTC still at anchor.

Jun 17 UPDATE: Still aground as of 0430 UTC Jun 17, tugs, dredger at grounding site. Dozens of ships stuck in Canal in both directions, waiting for traffic opening.

General cargo ship GOLDEN ROSE loaded with grain, ran aground at 155 kilometer mark, Volga-Caspian Sea Canal, at around 0730 Moscow time Jun 16, while en route from Astrakhan Russia to Amirabad Iran. Grounded ship blocked Canal traffic, at least 28 ships lined up, waiting for fairway opening. As of 1730 Moscow time, the ship was reportedly, still aground, refloating attempts under way, with probably, dredger deployment. Ship’s said to sustain no serious damages.
General cargo ship GOLDEN ROSE, IMO 8725058, dwt 3135, built 1985, flag Russia, manager/owner CARNIL COMMODITIES FZC, UAE.

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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.