Russian bulk carrier reappeared on AIS after mysterious 9-day gap
Bulk carrier MATROS KOSHKA, blamed by Ukraine in transporting grain stolen from Ukraine, popped up on AIS radar on Jun 9, after 9-day period of AIS switched off, from May 30 until Jun 9. Ship’s AIS track and records confirm Ukrainian suspicions. Obviously, during 9-day period of being off the radars, the ship called unidentified port to offload cargo, most probably Syrian port.
Previous track and records confirm another Ukrainian allegation, that MATROS KOSHKA and other bulk carriers, involved in suspiciously looking voyages, including MATROS POZYNICH, covertly loaded grain in Sevastopol, Crimea. Sevastopol is a Naval Base first of all, not to mention its’ geographic location, making it inconvenient for transshipment of Russian grain.
Have a look at ship’s track in Black sea, where she loaded cargo of grain, allegedly (according to AIS records) in Kavkaz Port, Kerch Strait. She couldn’t load shipment of grain in just one day, but there’s a gap in ship’s Black sea sailing track and records, lasting from May 18 until May 24. It speaks for itself.
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