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Two more ships hit in the Black Sea

Another two ships have been hit by missiles in the Black Sea: the Moldova-flagged chemical tanker Millennial Spirit and the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Namura Queen.

The 1974-built Millennial Spirit, formerly Freyja, was fired upon by a Russian Navy ship 12 nautical miles south of Ukraine’s Yuzhniy port, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported.

Rescue operations were carried out by the Ukrainian authorities. The crewmembers, all Russian, were rescued, but two of them are in serious condition, Moldova’s Naval Agency confirmed, adding that the source of the missile launch is unknown.

Meanwhile, the 2020-built panamax Namura Queen, owned by Japan’s Nissen Kaiun, was presumably hit by a rocket at the anchorage of the Yuzhny port, said Andrey Stavnitser, co-owner of TransInvestService terminal group and the P&O Maritime Ukraine tug company operating in the Yuzhniy port. No casualties were reported, but one person has been injured.

A day before, the Turkish-owned bulk carrier Yasa Jupiter was also hit by a missile off the coast of Odessa, sustaining slight damage and becoming the first confirmed merchant ship casualty of war following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Maritime security consultancy Dryad Global has advised all commercial operators to avoid any transit or operations within the exclusive economic zones of Ukraine or Russia in the Black Sea.

For all the news on how the invasion of Ukraine is affecting global shipping, check out Splash’s dedicated coverage here.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


      1. Definition of casualty
        1a: a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action

      2. Check the dictionary. Casualty does not just mean death.
        It does get (mis)used like that so much that I expect eventually it may come to mean that, though.

  1. Should have dumped the Russian sailors on a lifeboat and let the Russian assholes who shot up their ship come and rescue them.

  2. “was fired upon by a Russian Navy ship 12 nautical miles south of Ukraine’s Yuzhniy port, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported.”


  3. India will save the day.
    Best of all? All the Ukrainian Women will lust for Indian Heroes 🙂

    1. india better remember the NATO saved the lives by opening (registrated) opening of E.U. and NATO member Poland borders first if the narsitstic fool keeps trying to invade ukrain. (i love history and world politics as hobby)

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