MAJOR: Britain Detains A Russian Ship


FALMOUTH, The United Kingdom – The dry cargo vessel belongs to a shipping company based in Murmansk in northern Russia but was seized in the United Kingdom.

Granulator Kuzma Minin, formerly stranded in shallow waters near the British port of Falmouth in the south-west of the United Kingdom, was seized by the shipowner’s debts, said Transport Workers’ Federation International Coordinator Sergei Fishov.

“According to our records, he was arrested a week ago. Currently, to my knowledge, the ship is located in the United Kingdom and is held by creditors for the shipowner’s debts,” he said.

The ship’s operator, Murmansk Shipping Company, did not comment on this information.

According to Fishov, the Murmansk Shipping Company has nine vessels abroad, and some of them are seized.

Kuzma Minin, a 16,000-ton bulk carrier, was removed by the British Coast Guard last month after stranding off the coast of Cornwall on December 18. Divers found that the hull of the vessel was almost undamaged in the accident, and before that the vessel spent a lot of time anchored in the Dutch port of Terneuzen due to a commercial dispute between the shipowners and their partners.

The vessel underwent treacherous weather conditions and grounded off Gyllyngvase Beach and Swanpool Beach in Falmouth, remaining trapped in the seabed as it dragged its anchor.

At the time, Falmouth Harbour Master Mark Sansom said the ship would be inspected.

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In a statement, he said: “We can confirm that the Kuzma Minin – a 180-metre Russian Bulk Carrier, was successfully refloated at 14.08.

“This has been a successful and well co-ordinated operation involving multiple agencies.

“We would like to recognise the outstanding performance of the pilot and of all vessel crews involved in what was a very demanding incident.

“The Kuzma Minin has been taken to Falmouth Bay to anchor, in order for it to be inspected.

“We are now discussing the future of the vessel with the secretary of state’s representative for maritime salvage and intervention and the vessel owners.

“HM Coastguard and Devon & Cornwall Police have advised the search and rescue phase of the situation is now over and it is no longer a major incident.

“To confirm, there is no evidence of any pollution.”

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