Vessel, which illegally entered Crimea ran aground in Black Sea

The automatic identification system (AIS) system was switched off, which is the violation of the international law
16:13, 26 December 2018

Ministry of Temporary Occupied Territories and IDPs

The SUROV cargo ship under the flag of Mongolia, which moved from Turkish port to Russian “Kavkaz” port, ran aground on December 25 as the Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported.

“According to the international identification system AIS (automatic identification system), the last information about vessel SUROV was spotted two weeks ago. The automatic identification system (AIS) system was switched off on the vessel in violation of the demands of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea dated 1974. However, thanks to this system, there is a possibility not only to respond to the ships accidents and provide assistance to the victims but to trace the violations of the vessels traffic and illegal crossing of the border,” the message said.

Related: U.S. and Europe should close their ports for Russian vessels, - Poroshenko

According to the present information, the switching-off of the AIS was caused by the illegal movement of SUROV vessel to Crimean port. The reason is the attempt of the foreign companies involved in the maritime transport in the closed port to avoid the responsibility from the Ukrainian legislation and not to be put in the list of the violator companies, against which the sanctions can be imposed.

Related: Small vessels not allowed to enter Black Sea in Ukraine's Odesa region

Earlier, two ships collided in the Sea of Azov. Lady Mary cargo vessel under the flag of Tonga carried out a maneuver near a moored vessel Azov Concord under the flag of Malta; its propeller stuck in the anchor chain of the Maltese vessel.  


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