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CNN : Black sea grain exports-sea mines aren’t the only danger

Ukrainian authorities detained Panama-flagged UAE-owned bulk carrier EMMAKRIS III in the port of Chornomorsk, Black sea, following Kiev Court decision. CNN investigated the story and came up with the following:

The ship arrived at Chornomorsk in Feb prior to the Russian invasion, and loaded some 60,000 tonnes of grain already bought by the Egyptian government, but was stranded in port due to sea blockade.

Meanwhile, the sister ship of EMMAKRIS III, bulk carrier EMMAKRIS II (IMO 9254575, dwt 76598), belonging to, and operated, by the same Dubai-based company MCF SHIPPING DMCC, was spotted in Sevastopol Crimea, loading grain, allegedly stolen from Ukraine, at the end of June.

Records of Sevastopol call was, of course, missing. The ship left Kerch Strait anchorage on Jul 7, destination Umm Qasr, Iraq, ETA Jul 25. As of evening Jul 29, she was sailing in the Gulf of Oman, off Fujairah, heading for the Strait of Hormuz

Both bulk carriers were owned and operated from 2016 until 2019 by Russian, Rostov-based company LINTER LLC.

CNN didn’t dig deeper into the present ship’s owner, MCF Shipping DMCC, history. Interestingly, the company’s management lists many people with Ukrainian or Russian names and backgrounds.

So after all, Kiev might have sound reasons to suspect Russian company or interests behind EMMAKRIS III, and legitimate grounds to sue the owner for participating in Ukrainian grain theft, keeping EMMAKRIS III as a pawn, to secure compensation and fines.

The longer the war is on, the bigger the number of problems, disputes, risks, etc. One lesson to take from this incident – ships that are going to call Ukrainian and Russian Ports to load grain, should have a clean, spotless history, leaving no chance of finding their operators guilty of colluding with this or that side, depending on the port of call, whether it is Russian or Ukrainian.

 

Bulk Carrier EMMAKRIS III is currently located at BSEA – Black Sea at position 46° 19′ 37.8″ N, 030° 39′ 18.6″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2022-07-30 17:16 UTC (3 minutes ago)
The wind in this area at that time blows from West direction at force 2 Beaufort.
The vessel is currently at port CHORNOMORSK, UA after a voyage of 16 days, 18 hours originating from port DAMIETTA, EG.
EMMAKRIS III (IMO: 9218387) is a Bulk Carrier that was built in 2000 (22 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Panama.
Its carrying capacity is 73281 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 12.7 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 225 meters and her width is 32.26 meters.

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Source : Marine Traffic +CNN

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