Images have started to appear on social media showing the shore of a remote Russian village littered with timber shipments. An investigation by Russian authorities reports that a freighter operating from Russian timber company Terneyles dumped some of its cargo overboard and then began to run aground on shore and clog the harbor entrance.
The investigation into the circumstances of the incident is still ongoing, but authorities report that a general purpose freighter named Married (6,280 dwt) and registered in Togo lost the wood overboard. It is not known when or where the ship loaded the cargo, but on August 5 the ship left the seaport of Olga in southeastern Russia along the Eastern Sea of Japan.
Cargo collapsed on the deck of the Maria
The vessel was operating with a crew and there were reports that the timber and veneer cargo appeared to be unstable or may have shifted as the vessel left port. Three days after Olga’s ship departed, residents found nearly two-thirds of a mile of shoreline covered in wood and veneer. Reports say local fishermen complained and the harbor had to be closed for some time while efforts were made to clear driftwood from the harbor entrance.
The ship was ordered to anchor in a secure cove while attempts could be made to stabilize the cargo. The pictures show large parts of the stacks intact although in places the timber is loose and hanging from the side of the ship. It is not known whether the vessel encountered weather conditions or what caused the cargo to shift and fall overboard. No injuries were reported among the crew.
“As the cargo was purchased by the consignee and insured, material losses were minimal. Most likely, the company will have to pay for reloading the ship,” the head of the regional forest ministry, Konstantin Stepanov, told local media.
The footage shows heavy equipment being brought onto the beach to begin the process of recovering and clearing the cargo.