Attack on Merchant Ship Off Ukraine Seen in Satellite Imagery
Using open source intelligence (OSINT), Damien Symon (/ The Intel Lab, Twitter), has been able to confirm the vicinity of one of the attacks.
Millennial Spirit (IMO 7392610), a Moldavian flagged chemical tanker, was attacked on February 25. At 09:07 UTC on February 26 it was still on fire, and is visible on Sentinel 2 satellite imagery.
The vessel is seen at 46.360°, 31.120°. This places it 16 nautical miles off Odessa.
It was not the only merchant ship attacked. On February 24, Turkish owned Marshall Islands flagged bulk carrier Yasa Jupiter (IMO 9848132) was hit. The vessel was able to make it to port in Turkey.
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And on February 25 another ship was also attacked. The Japanese owned Panama flagged Namura Queen (IMO 9841299) was hit.
In a separate incident, 2 Ukrainian bulk carriers were reportedly seized by the Russian Navy on February 27. Princess Nichole (IMO: 8319392) and Afina (IMO: 8029272). They stopped AIS 30min apart near same location, at 10:47 and 11:19 respectively. Based on other OSINT, it appears that a Russian Navy Frigate may have been involved (to be confirmed).
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