Secret Russian arms shipment? Cargo ship with arms detained in Tunisia.

Feb. 16, 2018 at 17:21 by Mikhail Voytenko in Maritime Security

Ro-ro cargo ship under Russian name URAL but operated by Mersin-based Turkish company, was detained in Sfax port, Tunisia, for a thorough search and check, having on board, according to locals, cargo of arms and ammunition. The ship is en route from Novorossiysk Russia to Douala Cameroon, Tunisian sources said she interrupted voyage and called Sfax, because of mechanical failure which has to be repaired.

Judging from ship’s track, the whole story sounds and looks rather curious, to say the least. The ship apparently experienced some trouble on Feb 9, while sailing in Ionian sea, which is in itself strange – the straight route lies through Med, why taking to northwest? URAL crossed most part of Ionian sea at a reduced speed, and then made a sharp turn, heading south to the shores of North Africa, looking like she’s going to call Libyan port. Then again, a sharp turn west, in direction of Tripoli. On Feb 13 URAL made up its’ mind, finally, and headed for Sfax, arriving on Sfax road on Feb 15. Later she moved into the port and was moored. As of 1700 UTC Feb 16, URAL is still docked at Sfax, situation being unclear, status of the ship unknown.

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Secret Russian arms shipment? Cargo ship with arms detained in Tunisia.

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