Unlucky stars of m/v Marine Stars – two groundings, engine failure and probable violation of EU sanctions
Bulk carrier Marine Stars ran aground in Dardanelles on Aug 16 after anchor dragged. Vessel had to anchor after engine failure, at around 1440 LT, in narrowest area of the strait, between Çanakkale and Kilitbahir. Vessel was soon refloated and resumed voyage, but didn’t sail too far, though. At around midday Aug 17 vessel ran aground off southeast coast of Oinousses island, east of Chios, Aegean sea. Vessel suffered a breach in forepeak area with water ingress.
Reportedly vessel is loaded with 31261 tons of grain, being en route from Russia to Iran, meaning that the vessel loaded the grain in Russian port in Black sea. AIS history didn’t reveal any port of call in Black sea, AIS signal disappeared after vessel left Iskenderun on July 27, and reappeared in Istanbul on Aug 15. Russian system recording all ship calls in all Russian ports didn’t register Marine Stars calls in any Russian port in August. Presumably vessel switched off AIS before entering Black sea, to hide her track. Most probably, vessel was loading grain in a Crimean port (the main Crimean port for loading grain of Crimean origin is Sevastopol, Avlita Terminal, and Crimea has a very good wheat harvest this season), which is strictly prohibited. It’s a violation of the EU sanctions and Ukrainian laws with a high probability of possible prosecution. Seems like there is no lucky star among stars of Marine Stars.