Hopper beached by storm, Kerch Strait, Russia. VIDEO.

Hopper AKINCI was pushed aground by strong wind and high seas on southeast coast of Kerch Strait near Taman Port, Russia, on Sep 18. Hopper reportedly, was trying to change anchorage, in order to get further off coastline in deteriorating weather. 9 crew remain on board, they’re safe. As of Sep 19, hopper was still aground. No news yet on salvage.
Hopper AKINCI, IMO 8726040, dwt 1068, built 1987, flag Russia, owner JSC ARAS.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.