Car carrier heavily listed, intentionally grounded, Russia UPDATE

Jun 20 UPDATE: Confirmed by RosMoRechFlot (Russian Maritime Agency) the ship was intentionally grounded, there’s water ingress, SAR underway, ship’s fenced off by several boom layers. 28 crew includes Georgian and Turkish citizen.

Car carrier LIDER BULUT developed heavy starboard list and requested assistance in front of Tuapse Port, Russia, Black sea, in the evening Jun 18. understood she anchored on arrival from Samsun Turkey earlier this day, but later developed list – reportedly because of faulty ballasting – heaved anchor and was moved inshore. As of 0345 UTC Jun 19, ship’s AIS was on, no tugs or aux boats seen nearby, probably awaiting daytime. She looks like she was intentionally grounded in shallows along coastline, to avoid capsizing.

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