«Blacklist»: despite of EU sanctions, SYN ATLAS, an Italian LNG carrier loaded at Kerch, a port in the occupied Crimea. Investigation

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According to BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs (Kyiv), SYN ATLAS, an Italian LNG tanker, loaded in Kerch fishing port on July 28-29. It thereby violated the Law of Ukraine and resolutions of international organizations concerning the occupation and annexation of Crimea.


Vessel Identification and
Technical Data

Owner / Manager Dates


Name: Tomson Gas
IMO: 8811766
Flag: Italy (IT)
MMSI: 357026000
Callsign: 3FCX5
Former name(s):
- Monsoon (Until 2013 Dec)
- Ben Nevis (Until 2004 Nov)


Owner: Cafiero Mattioli Group, Riviera di Chiaia 287, 80121 Naples NA, Italy, +39 81 9637 00, +39 81 3606 991, [email protected], http://web.cafima.it

Manager: Synergas Srl, Riviera di Chiaia 287, 80121 Naples NA, Italy, +39 08 1963 7170, +39 08 1331 3110,
[email protected], http://www.synergas.it



July 28 - 29
June 21-23, June 10, April 11


The loading of SYN ATLAS at the LNG terminal started at 20:56 (LT) on 2014-07-28. The tanker left the seaport at 13:52 (LT) on 2014-07-29.

The investigation discovered that it was not the first time when this ship visited Kerch after Crimea had been annexed.

Date Port Destination
July 24, 6:11 UkraineKerch StraitIn Kerch
July 22, 21:02 TurkeyBosporus StraitOut Kerch
July 21, 19:35 TurkeyTuzlaOut Tuzla
June 26, 19:09 TurkeyTuzlaIn Tuzla
June 20, 5:44 TurkeyCanakkale StraitOut Kerch
June 20, 5:35 TurkeyCanakkale StraitIn Kerch
June 17, 6:00 TurkeyCanakkale StraitOut Aliaga
June 17, 5:52 TurkeyCanakkale StraitIn Aliaga
June 16, 17:15 TurkeyIstanbulOut Istanbul
June 16, 17:10 TurkeyIstanbulIn Istanbul
June 16, 16:16 TurkeyBosporus StraitIn Istanbul
June 10, 14:17 UkraineKerch StraitIn Kerch
June 8, 17:49 TurkeyBosporus StraitOut Midia
June 8, 4:24 TurkeyCanakkale StraitOut Midia
June 8, 4:15 TurkeyCanakkale StraitIn Midia
June 1, 14:36 TurkeyCanakkale StraitOut Alexandria
June 1, 14:27 TurkeyCanakkale StraitIn Alexandria
May 31, 20:47 TurkeyIstanbulOut Alexandria
May 31, 20:42 TurkeyIstanbulIn Alexandria
May 31, 19:49 TurkeyBosporus StraitIn Alexandria
May 19, 4:37 TurkeyBosporus StraitOut Istanbul
May 18, 10:21 TurkeyCanakkale StraitOut Istanbul
May 18, 10:10 TurkeyCanakkale StraitIn Istanbul
May 10, 17:49 TurkeyCanakkale StraitOut Alexandria
May 10, 17:41 TurkeyCanakkale StraitIn Alexandria
May 9, 14:59 TurkeyBosporus StraitIn Istanbul
May 4, 18:21 TurkeyBosporus StraitOut Midia
May 3, 20:34 TurkeyCanakkale StraitOut Midia
May 3, 20:24 TurkeyCanakkale StraitIn Midia
April 27, 9:08 TurkeyCanakkale StraitOut Alexandria
April 27, 9:00 TurkeyCanakkale StraitIn Alexandria
April 26, 20:16 TurkeyBosporus StraitIn Alexandria
April 19, 22:19 TurkeyBosporus StraitOut Midia
April 15, 9:29 TurkeyBosporus StraitIn Yarimca
April 11, 6:15 UkraineKerch StraitIn Kerch


Official info

Entrance to ports in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied and subsequently annexed by Russia, means that ship owners, captains and crews of the ships commit a crime under Article 332-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

This article was integrated into the Criminal Code when the Law of Ukraine "On the rights and freedoms of citizens and legal procedures on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine."

Under this law, administrative and criminal liability for illegal crossing of the border in a group and violation of the procedure for entering the occupied territory applies to the crews of ships that enter Crimea.

Sooner or later, this leads to significant fines for crew members and more serious consequences for the owner and the captain including arrest of the given vessel or other vessels of this owner at Ukrainian and international ports.

The Criminal Code of Ukraine:

"Article 332-1. Violation of the procedure for entering and leaving the territory of Ukraine under temporary occupation:

1. Violation of the procedure for entering and leaving the territory of Ukraine under temporary occupation for the purpose of harming the interests of the state are punishable with restraint or imprisonment for up to three years and confiscation of vehicles.

2. The same acts committed repeatedly or with prior conspiracy in a group of people, or by an official through abuse of office are punishable with imprisonment for up to 5 years and deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to three years, as well as confiscation of vehicles.

3. The actions specified in items 1 or 2 of this Article, if committed by an organized group, are punishable with imprisonment for five to eight years, deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a term up to three years, and confiscation of vehicles”…

BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs (Kyiv) call on the Ukrainian law enforcement authorities and our followers to pay attention to the fact that our materials are not merely media information, but a record of crimes committed or suspicions of crimes.

We offer companies mentioned here to respond to this information by e-mail to [email protected] or by post to: Maidan of Foreign Affairs, Blackseanews;13, Tryokhsvyatytelska Str., Office 15, Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001.


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The fact that BSNews and its partner, Maidan of Foreign Affairs (Kyiv), have put these vessels on the blacklist of entities who fail to comply with the legal procedures for the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine means that we closely monitor and carry out other promising administrative, diplomatic, marine and law-related actions with regard to these vessels and their owners.

According to earlier reports by BSNews, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution concerning the annexation of Crimea on March 27. It was supported by 100 countries.

" ...General Assembly

1. Affirms its commitment to the sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders;

2. Calls upon all States to desist and refrain from actions aimed at the partial or total disruption of the national unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including any attempts to modify Ukraine’s borders through the threat of use of force or other unlawful means;


5. Underscores that the referendum held in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on 16 March 2014, having no validity, cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea or of the city of Sevastopol;

6. Calls upon States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol on the basis of the above-mentioned referendum and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status”…

We would like to thank all volunteers who have contributed to this project from the very first day. The followers who are interested in this issue are welcome to actively participate in our “black list” project...

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(LT) or (мв) = local time