The Volga river – Caspian sea channel near 128-km mark. The freighter was en route from AstrakhaN, Russia to Enzeli, Iran with various types of cargo on board, but diesel generator started smoking and inflamed giving a short circuit. The fire started in engine room and extended to the whole compartment. The crew was unable to extinguish it and sent distress signal to local authorities. At the scene of the accident was dispatched icebreaker vessel Kapitan Checkin and rescue ship Uglish, which started pouring water over the burning compartment and were ready to evacuate the crew. After a while the fire was put under control without injury from the seamen on board.
After the fire was completely extinguished the vessel was anchored outside the waterway and will be inspected by local authorities. The damages of the vessel should be assessed and after that the ship might be released to resume voyage.
“The Captain Sechkin icebreaker approached the motor ship ready to evacuate the crew. The crews of the motor ship and the icebreaker managed to extinguish fire in one of compartments that caught fire. The process of extinguishing fire continues. There have been no reports on any injuries”, said the local authorities in press release.
The general cargo ship (IMO: 9137246) has overall length of 98.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,817 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,842 GRT. The ship was built in 2001 and operated under the flag of Iran.