Stricken Russian Cargo Ship Righted in Southampton


A stricken cargo vessel belonging to Russian which had developed a 20-degree list has been righted.

What happened?

On December 26, the Russian cargo vessel ‘Mekhanik Yartsev’ started facing difficulties off Lee-on-the-Solent and was guided to Southampton docks two days later.

The vessel was enroute from Riga in Latvia to Warrenpoint in County Down lost some pallets overboard before it developed a list in the Solent.

The list was caused by the cargo which was lost from a alnatch cover and water in the tanks situated on the port side.

The listed vessel with its cargo of timber was reportedly jettisoned and weights added in order to right the vessel.

Fortunately, the 13 crew members onboard the vessel were unhurt and continued to remain onboard the vessel.

Vessel to be assessed:

The vessel has been brought under control and would be further assessed for any damages. If provided a green flag the vessel expected to proceed towards Northern Ireland.

The crew had been living on board throughout the operation with all their facilities available, albeit at a slant.

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