President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during a working trip to the Odesa region inspected the terminals and investment projects of Transinvestservice (TIS). In particular, the head of state examined the Neptune Cargill grain terminal station and the Pivdenny state port, where the Trump D bulk carrier, owned by an American company, is also located.
This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to the press service of the president.
As previously reported, the ship was arrested in May 2020 by the Pechersk court. However, the shipowner (a company from the USA) reported that it did not know anything about the arrest of the vessel, and the reasons for this were not clear.
During the working trip, the president also met with the head of the Pivdennyi trading port, Oleksander Olinyk, who said that the port’s turnover in the first half of 2020 reached 10.6 million tons, which is 61% more than the same period last year.
The Trump D vessel (formerly Seabreeze) was arrested by Ukrainian security forces in 2018 at the Pivdenny Odesa port. The cargo ship served as a pledge in the case of the illegal extraction of sand by the Pechora dredger near the coast of Crimea occupied by the Russian Federation.
The last search on the ship took place on April 28, 2018. After that, the prosecutor’s office was not able to provide evidence of Seabreeze’s involvement in the crime, but instead only dismissed the judges and petitioned for the cancellation of the trial.