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    Russian naval intelligence ship sank after collision with vessel carrying livestock

    Russian Intelligence Ship Sinks, All 78 Crew Rescued

    by Michelle Howard
    April 27, 2017
    MarineLink.com

    A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said.

    The rescued crew members of the Russian ship Liman were in good health after the collision with the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H, Turkey's Transport Minister Ahmed Arslan said.

    The incident took place in fog and low visibility 18 miles (29 km) from Kilyos village on the Black Sea coast just north of Istanbul.

    Turkish authorities dispatched a tugboat and three fast rescue vessels, the coastal safety authority said.

    Advisers to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim conveyed his sadness over the incident to Russian counterparts, according to sources in his office.

    Relations between the two countries have suffered from political disputes over the civil war in Syria, where Moscow and Ankara support different factions.

    Russian warships frequently pass through the narrow Bophorus Strait, which cuts through Istanbul, on their way from the Black Sea to Syria's Mediterranean coast.

    A spokesman for Hammami Livestock which owns the Youzarsif H said there had been no loss of life on board the vessel. "It is considered a slight hit, for us,” he told Reuters in Lebanon, adding he had no information about the cause of the collision.

    “We don’t know our losses yet, but thank God there is no loss of life - neither from our side nor from the other ship," he said, adding the livestock carrier was heading to Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba from Romania.

    The Youzarsif H was built in 1977 and has a capacity of 2,418 tonnes, according to Thomson Reuters shipping data.

    The Bosphorus, which cuts through Istanbul, is one of the world's most important waterways for transit of oil and grains. The 17-mile waterway connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.

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    Russian navy ship Liman sank after collision with livestock carrier Youzarsif H in Black Sea

    by Svilen Petrov
    April 27, 2017
    Maritime Herald

    Russian Navy spy ship Liman sank after collision with the livestock carrier Youzarsif H on 25 nautical miles north-west from the Bosporus estuary in the Black Sea off Turkish coast. The accident happened in dense fog near the Turkish village Kilyos and navy vessel suffered breach in the port board. The 78 crew tried to pump the water out and to keep the ship afloat, but unfortunately they were unable to get control over the flooding.

    Turkish authorities dispatched a tugboat and three fast rescue vessels. The Russian cargo ship Ulus Star was in vicinity and headed to the scene of the accident and evacuated all the crew from the troubled navy ship. Also tugs from Russian naval base in Black Sea, as well as warships and an aircraft, rushed to reached the scene of the accident and assist of the sinking ship, but unfortunately did not arrived on time.

    The livestock carrier Youzarsif H did not suffered any breaches and reported the accident to the local authorities and shortly after that was released to return in service and resumed the voyage from Capu Midia to Aqaba. The investigation for the root cause of collision is under investigation, but possibly it happened due to human mistake and violation of the ColReg rules.

    Advisers to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim conveyed his sadness over the incident to Russian counterparts.

    The livestock carrier Youzarsif H (IMO: 7611547) has overall length of 132.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 2,103 DWt and the gross tonnage is 2,282 GRT. The vessel was built in 1977 by JJSietas Schiffswerft in Hamburg, Germany. During the accident, the ship was en route from Capu Midia to Aqaba.

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    No radar?
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    Maybe the only working radar they had was with their SIGINT equipment, which they didn't want to turn on where the Turkish military could nicely intercept it...

    This is the Russian ship btw (in October 2016):

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    Nice traditional "Soviet trawler" layout looking just like the ones they've been operating since the 60s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JRT View Post
    No radar?
    Probably. Where collision occurred is one of the most densely packed shipping lanes on the planet. Collisions are quite common

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    Presumably the crew managed to destroy/dump 'sensitive' systems and info before abandoning ship. I wonder if anyone will try and score some 'special' souvenirs off the wreck - without bothering to ask the Russians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monash View Post
    Presumably the crew managed to destroy/dump 'sensitive' systems and info before abandoning ship. I wonder if anyone will try and score some 'special' souvenirs off the wreck - without bothering to ask the Russians.
    In other news, the GSF Explorer, which is the former USNS Glomar Explorer, has been brought out of moth balls.
    Just kidding....

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