Zapadnyy, a Belize-registered tanker, ran aground on a sandbank with its cargo of molasses - a thick, dark, heavy syrup which is a by-product of sugar refining.

Russian tanker ZAPADNYY runs aground on sand at Silloth Harbour, UK

The grounded cargo ship Zapadnyy is 78m (255ft) long and was built in 1988 Image courtesy: RNLI SILLOTH

Silloth lifeboat operations manager Eddie Studholme said the tanker got into difficulty at 10:00 BST at the entrance to Silloth harbour.
Vessel was refloated with high tide at around 2000 UTC same day and docked in Silloth.

The 3297dwt product tanker ZAPADNYY is built in 1988, sailing under the flag of Belize. The vessel is managed by YUGREFTRANSFLOT JSC-RUS, Russia.

ZAPADNYY - IMO 8711837

The tanker carrying molasses ran aground at 10:00 BST on Tuesday - Image courtesy: @SROWELLPHOTO1