«Black List»: general cargo vessel ILSE with Malta’s flag arrived at the Sevastopol seaport in violation of the EU ban

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The BSNews and Maidan of Foreign Affairs monitoring group reports that the Swiss general cargo ILSE anchored at the Lyubimovka traverse near Belbek, an aerodrome close to the occupied Sevastopol seaport on August 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. Moscow time. The vessel operates under the flag of Malta,an EU member-state.

It is assumed to be heading to the Avlita terminal to be loaded with grain.  

The Sevastopol seaport is on the EU sanction list, i.e. any cooperation with it is banned for economic entities of EU member-states.


IMO: 9006320
Flag: Malta
MMSI: 256928000
Callsign: 9HFV9
Former name(s):
- Esteilse (Until 2011 Oct)
- Ilse K (Until 2007 Nov)
- Scorpius (Until 2000 Apr)
- Ursa (Until 1998 Apr)
- Stadt Wilhelmshaven (Until 1993 Sep 30)

Vessel type: General Cargo
Gross tonnage: 2,449 tons
Summer DWT: 3,729 tons
Length: 88 m
Beam: 13 m
Draught: 5.3 m

Home port: Valletta
Class society: Germanischer Lloyd
Build year: 1993
Builder (*): Ps Werften Wolgast - Wolgast, Germany
Owner: Shipfin - Manno, Switzerland
Manager: Shipfin - Manno, Switzerland (Via Vedeggio 1, 6928 Manno, Switzerland, +41 91 605 7441, [email protected])

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Official info

Entrance to ports in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied and subsequently annexed by Russia, means that vessel owners, captains and crews of the vessels 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 vessels 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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BSNews is grateful to Shipping Explorer for the possibility to use its special software for the Black Sea and Azov Sea Ports Today project.

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