Turkish Dry Cargo Vessel Carrying Ore to the Titan Plant in the Occupied Crimea Broke in Half at the Entrance to the Bosphorus - Photo, Video


Head of the Maidan of Foreign Affairs and Black Sea Institute of Strategic Studies monitoring group, the BlackSeaNews editor-in-chief, Yalta-Kyiv

Translated by Tetyana PUCHKOVA

The monitoring group of the BlackSea Institute of Strategic Studies, the Maidan of Foreign Affairs and the BSNews reports that in the early hours of August 27, 2017, the dry cargo ship LEONARDO that on multiple occasions had engaged in transporting ilmenite for the Crimea Titan plant via the Kerch port of Kamysh-Burun, broke in half.

Having delivered 3000 tons of ilmenite ore from the Turkish port of Samsun to Kamysh-Burun on August 8, the vessel was going empty from Rostov-on-Don to the Turkish port Tuzla. At the moment, the stern of the ship is on the Turkish coast where it was dragged by the Turkish rescue boats.

Photo: www.denizhaber.com.tr

Photo: www.denizhaber.com.tr

Photo: www.denizhaber.com.tr

Photo: www.denizhaber.com.tr

The 42-year old Soviet built dry cargo ship of the (of Sormovsky type), was sold by Ukrrechflot to the Turkish owner in 2011. Since August 2015 it has been on the US Syrian black list and since the end of 2016 — also on the Maidan of Foreign Affairs’ Crimean black list.


New Flag: Mongolia
Old Flag: Sierra Leone

Vessel type: General Cargo

Former name(s):
AQUA (2015-12-01), Flag: SL

MERTCAN (2015-02-26), Flag: SL

VITALIY PRIMAKOV, Flag: UA (Until 2011 Jun)


IMO: 7529641
MMSI: 457273000
Call Sign: JVCL6

Gross tonnage: 2,466 tons
Summer DWT: 3,348 tons

Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 114m × 13m
Year Built: 1975

Home Port: Ulaanbaatar
Class society: Panama Shipping Register

Vessel under the previous name, the shipowner and related companies on 03.08.2015 are included in the "Syrian blacklist" of the US financial intelligence - Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC):

AQUA SHIPPING LTD. (a.k.a. AQUA SHIPPING LTD.-MAI), c/o Milenyum Denizcilik Gemi Hizmetleri Acentelik ve Ozel Ogretim Hizmetleri Ltd. Sti, Nazli Sokak 9, Halilrifatpasa Mah, Sisli, Istanbul 34384, Turkey; Trust Company Complex, Ajeltake Road, Ajeltake Island, Majuro, Marshall Islands; Identification Number IMO 5849194 [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.).

The following vessels have been added to OFAC's SDN List:

AQUA Sierra Leone flag; Vessel Registration Identification IMO 7529641 (vessel) [SYRIA] (Linked To: MILENYUM ENERGY S.A.; Linked To: AQUA SHIPPING LTD.).


Ship manager/Commercial manager

SPLINTER SHIPPING LTD The Valley, Anguilla. during 12/2015

Registered owner

SPLINTER SHIPPING LTD The Valley, Anguilla. during 12/2015


06.12.16 - Kamysh Burun from Samsun, 08.12 - off to Samsun
13.12.16 - Kamysh Burun from Samsun
23.12.16 - "-"-"
indicates the port of destination Azov, then goes to Kamysh Burun

02.01.17 -"-"-
07.02.17 -"-"- off 13.02 to Varna
01.03.17 – Kamysh Burun from Samsun, 3000 t. of ilmenite concentrate off to Samsun 03.03
22.03.17 - Kamysh Burun from Samsun, 3000 t. of ilmenite concentrate
18.04.17 -"-
01.07.17 - Kamysh Burun from Samsun, 2700 t. of ilmenite concentrate
08.08.17 -"- 3000 t.


08.01.17 - SMFP from Kamysh Burun, to the grain terminal


​As we reported earlier, at around 05:20 a.m. on July 29, 2017, a violator of the sanctions regime, the Romanian dry cargo ship ANDA, sank about 45 km south of Foros.


By docking at the port of the Russian-occupied and annexed Crimean peninsula, ship owners, captains and crews of the vessels commit an offense under Article 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The article was included in the Criminal Code with the adoption of the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and Legal Regime in the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine." According to the law, the ship's crew members arriving to Crimea on its board are subject to administrative and criminal responsibility in Ukraine for the group illegal crossing of the border and violation of the procedure of entry into the occupied territory.

Sooner or later that may turn into large fines for the crew members, while have far more reaching consequences for the ship owner and the captain, including the arrest of that vessel or other vessels of the ship owner in Ukrainian or foreign ports.

Article 332-1 on Criminal Code of Ukraine:

- violation of the order of entry to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and departure from it with the aim of causing damage to the interest of state are punished with imprisonment for the term up to three years or imprisonment for the same period with forfeiture of vehicles.

- same actions, committed repeatedly or by previous concert by the group of persons or by the official person using official position, are punished with the imprisonment for the period from three to five years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or to be engaged in certain activity for the period till three years and with forfeiture of vehicles.

- actions envisaged in part one or two of this article committed by an organized group are punishable by imprisonment for a term of five to eight years with disqualification to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years and forfeiture of vehicles.

The editorial office of the BSNews and the Maidan of Foreign Affairs (Kyiv) would like to point out to the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies and our readers that our materials are not merely media information, but instead, the documenting of the fact of a committed crime or of a suspicion thereof.

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The monitoring of the violations of the international sanctions against Russia and the legal regime of the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea is supported by the European Program Initiative of the Renaissance International Foundation. The position of Renaissance International Foundation may differ from the opinion of the authors.