Russian freighter passed Kattegat Update No rules breach
Nov 7 Update: The Russian ship Sparta III, which Information newspaper yesterday accused of sailing through Danish waters while hiding the fact that it was transporting dangerous weaponry from the Danish authorities, was not in breach of any maritime law.
According to Danish Defence, the freighter did actually report that it was loaded with hazardous goods – just not on the system accessible to the public.
“The ship has followed the rules to the letter and has reported as per protocol when it sailed through the Great Belt,” Frank Erland Jensen, a commander with the Joint Operations Center, told DR Nyheder.
The Copenhagen Post http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-defence-russian-ship-did-not-breach-hazardous-goods-rules.html
Russian heavy lift ship SPARTA III transited Kattegat during weekend and passed Skagen Denmark in the morning Nov 5, en route from S-Petersburg to Vietnam. The ship didn’t notify Danish and other coastal States authorities on character of its’ cargo until completing the transit. The ship informed Danish authorities that she’s carrying "Cargo Hazard A (Major)" cargo, highest cargo hazard level, only when she was passing Skagen. Non-reporting of dangerous goods on board is considered as reckless and irresponsible act, said regional experts. In fact, the ship passed Straits presenting false data on the character of its’ cargo.
Interestingly enough, SPARTA II was spotted and reported by Bosphorus watchdog bloggers in August this year, on the way from Novorossiysk to Tartus Syria with obviously, military cargo. Ship’s AIS history is full of lacunas, some AIS websites miss the ship’s movements in recent months.
On a photo SPARTA III in Bosphorus en route from Novorossiysk to Tartus.
Heavy lift ro-ro cargo ship SPARTA III, IMO 9538892, dwt 9490, built 2009, flag Russia, manager PK SMU-44 LLC, Moscow.
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