The Ukrainian barge that was left stranded on August 23 on sandbar in the Danube River in Hrušovo was moved on August 29 by a Ukrainian tugboat. The head of the State Shipping Office, Miroslav Detvan, and Iryna Kurylak from the Ukrainian Danube Shipping company informed the SITA newswire that the rescue action was completed successfully.
The Ukrainian tugboat Dnepropetrovsk was the vessel that finally freed the stranded barge but it was helped as well by other tugboats. For several days, Ukrianians tried to free the barge for several days but the situation was complicated because the load-carrying part of barge, full of iron ore, became more and more buried in the sand and mud. Moreover, the Danube has a low water level at this time of year.
For more info, please read Ukrainian barge is stuck on a Danube sandbar near Bratislava .
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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30. Aug 2011 at 10:00