The 88 meter long, 2904 dwt freighter Polaris collided with the oil barge on the Volga-Baltic Seaway on the Kovzha River, Russia. The Polaris was maneuvering pass the anchored barge Hanka when freighter struck the bow of the Hanka. The barge suffered a small hole above the waterline while the Polaris was undamaged. The Polaris proceeded to a nearby anchorage while authorities investigate into the incident. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released. The Hanka was loaded with 4130 tons of gasoline at the time. The Polaris was en route from St. Petersburg to Astrakhan.