On March 13, the 81 meter long general cargo vessel Etim Emin ran aground on the Volga-Caspian Sea Canal. The Etim Emin was en route to Iran with 1990 tons of grain when it became grounded in shallow water. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The vessel was reloated the following day with the aid of a tug. The Etim Emin later proceeded to Olya for surveys.