On 31 October 1994, the Russian merchant ship the Pionersk was sailing in stormy weather when she ran aground near the Ness of Trebister in the Shetland islands. Her tanks were ruptured and 600 tonnes of fuel oil and diesel were spilled causing serious pollution in the area. A coastguard helicopter and Lerwick lifeboat arrived rapidly on site and rescued all the crew members. The wreck of the Pionersk broke in two. The stern lay on the seabed and the bow remained on the rocks.
Date: 31 October 1994
Accident area: Ness of Trebister, Shetlands
Cause of spill: grounding
Type of pollutant: fuel oil and diesel oil
Quantity spilled: 600 tonnes
Ship type: tanker
Date built: 1963
Shipyard: Stocznia Gdanska im. Lenina
Length: 165.51 m
Width: 21.34 m
Draught: 12.65 m
Owner: Reftransflot Joint Stock Co.
Last update: April 2006