General cargo ship OMSKIY 111 ran aground in the morning Dec 6 at 158 kilometer mark, Volga – Caspian Sea Channel, is bound for Amirabad port, Iran, with cargo of grain. As in the case with PORT OLYA 2, OMSKIY 111 blocked the channel, with a number of stranded ships waiting for fairway to clear. As of 1400 UTC Dec 6, OMSKIY 111 was still aground, tug and icebreaker reportedly responding. No news on PORT OLYA 2, AIS is off or unavailable, but understood, she was refloated. Freezing weather with very low temperature down to -20C, might be the cause of an accident.