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Controversial Russian bulk carrier departs UK waters for scrap

A Russian bulk carrier that grounded off the coast of southwest England 17 months ago is being towed away for demolition in Turkey.

The Kuzma Minin ran aground off Falmouth in December 2018 in stormy conditions. Local authorities then identified a series of dangerous defects on the Murmansk Shipping Company controlled vessel. The ship was then impounded as the owner owed many debts to creditors. It was sold to a Singapore-based company for just over $1m in March and its name changed to Energy Annabelle.

It will now will be scrapped at a shipbreaking yard in Aliaga, Turkey.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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