Tons of Russian timber wash ashore

A big clear-up is underway at a remote Russian village in the far east of the country after many tons of lumber washed ashore following a suspected cargo shift from a general cargo ship, which had loaded timber at Olga port in Primorye.

The 6,280 dwt general cargo ship Maria, carrying lumber for local timber company Terneyles, experienced a dramatic cargo collapse over the weekend, with images of the washed up wood hitting around 1km of shoreline emerging on Russian media over the past couple of days.

The ship has since anchored at Plastun Bay, north of Preobrazheniya, while investigations into the accident get underway.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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