Russia vs. Turkey maritime war is already on, destroying regional shipping

Dec. 5, 2015 at 08:21 by Mikhail Voytenko in Opinion

There’s already a maritime war going on between Russia and Turkey, thankfully without shelling and sinking yet, but war nevertheless. War was launched by Russia, which is no surprise. Russia started to hamper Turkish vessels and Turkey-originated cargoes in its’ Black sea port, mainly Novorossiysk. During last week 6 Turkish-flagged vessels were detained in Novorossiysk after PSC inspections, which suddenly, found Turkish vessels teeming with deficiencies. A number of FOC-flagged but Turkish owned vessels suffered nagging, too, both vessels and crews. In one case, according to Turkey, Russian PSC inspectors intentionally damaged equipment, on board of bulk carrier MAHMUT SAKA, thus creating “detainable deficiency”.
Turkey maritime authorities made a statement, blaming Russian authorities in intentional hampering Turkish shipping in Russian ports. Turkey retaliated by detaining 4 Russia-flagged vessels in Samsun port, Turkey, Black sea.
Not only Turkish shipping fell victim to Russian-Turkish political and military tension, Bulgarian shipping started to suffer also. For two years Bulgarian JV Varnaferry was building up a ferry line between Varna and Novorossiysk, based on transit Turkish cargoes, destined for Caucasian countries and Central Asia countries, like Kazakhstan. All of sudden, Novorossiysk authorities banned from offloading 11 trucks with construction and chemical materials, bound for Kazakhstan, because the goods were of Turkish origin. Russian authorities conceded to offloading on a condition of a full cost bank guarantee, which was found by Varnaferry totally unacceptable. Trucks returned to Varna.
Russia is destroying long established business relations and shipping routes, with a negative impact on all Black-Med region freight market, for absolutely no apparent reason. Where will it all lead, god only knows. But whatever the results, one is guaranteed – Russia is to suffer most.


According to Black Sea MOU Detention List, MAHMUT SAKA and MERT DEVAL were detained in Novorossiysk on Dec 1, released on Dec 3. Ro-ro Meyra is in Novorossiysk since Nov 25. General cargo vessel ADALADY was in Novorossiysk on Nov 27-30. Bulk carrier HALIL SAHIN arrived to Novorossiysk on Nov 28, left on Dec 4. General cargo vessel MERT DEVAL arrived to Novorossiysk on Dec 01, left on Dec 4.
According to Black Sea MOU Detention List, OMSKIY-105 was detained in Samsun Turkey on Dec 1, released on Dec 2, RUSICH-1 was detained on Dec 2, released on Dec 4.

Bulk carrier MAHMUT SAKA, IMO 8323135, dwt 29099, built 1984, flag Turkey, manager T ve O Denizcilik - Istanbul, Turkey.
General cargo vessel MERT DEVAL, IMO 7528788, dwt 7509, built 1985, flag Turkey, manager DEVAL TRANSPORT LTD.
Ro-ro MEYRA, IMO 7600017, GT 3324, built 1978, flag Turkey, manager YEDITEPE RO-RO NAKLIYAT SERVIS.
General cargo vessel ADALADY, IMO 9306421, dwt 7600, built 2006, flag Turkey, manager ADAKENT GEMI ISLETMECILIGI.
Bulk carrier HALIL SAHIN, IMO 9224673, dwt 48377, built 2001, flag Turkey, manager IDC DENIZCILIK SANAYI.
General cargo vessel MERT DEVAL, IMO 7528788, dwt 7509, built 1985, flag Turkey, manager DEVAL TRANSPORT LTD.

Ro-ro cargo vessel VARNA, IMO 9120384, GT 5684, built 1994, flag Bulgaria, operator Varnaferry, Joint-venture of Navigation Bulgarian Maritime Fleet and Bulgarian River Shipping.

General cargo vessel OMSKIY 105, IMO 8866747, dwt 3248, built 1980, flag Russia, manager MARSHIP-RUS, Moscow.
General cargo vessel RUSICH-1, IMO 9302308, dwt 5485, built 2003, flag Russia, manager NORTH-WESTERN SHIPPING CO, S-Petersburg.
General cargo vessel NEVA, IMO 8719413, dwt 1669, built 1988, flag Russia, manager SHIPMAR CO LTD, Moscow.
General cargo vessel CRYSTAL, IMO 8846814, dwt 3105, built 1989, flag Russia, manager ZEMLAND SHIPPING LTD.

Voytenko Mikhail
Dec 5 2015

Russia vs. Turkey maritime war is already on, destroying regional shipping

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