Yesterday, 25/01/2023, Vanuatu suffered collateral damage in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
The Tuzla, a Vanuatu flagged and 1980-built general cargo ship, was hit in a Russian missile attack on the port of Kherson in Ukraine. Kherson is not one of the ports covered by the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
The Tuzla may be Vanuatu flagged, but it is owned by Istanbul-based Cayeli Shipping Ltd and, according to Turkish TV, is one of two Turkish-owned merchant ships hit in the Russian attack. The second ship is the 1995-built Ferahnaz, which is also Vanuatu-flagged and was damaged by shrapnel in the same attack. The Ferahnaz is reported to be less damaged, though.
Shortly after the attack and after being hit by shrapnel, the Tuzla caught fire. Video images show flames racing through the superstructure of the ship.
The two ships had become stranded at the port since February 2022 just as the Russian invasion of Ukraine began.
Cakiroglu Shipping Company, the managers of Ferahnaz, told Turkish media that only the captain remained on board the vessel and that he was not injured. No details have been provided on whether any crew were still on board Tuzla when the port was attacked.
According to regional officials, the Russian army shelled Kherson 12 times yesterday, hitting the maternity hospital, school, polyclinic, seaport and residential buildings.
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