On February 24th, 2022 Russia initiated a military invasion of Ukraine, resulting in the suspension of shipping operations in the Ukraine ports of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov until further notice.
Russian military fighting in the city of Kherson on February 24th was pushed North and occupied Kherson International Airport on February 25th, 2022. Satellite imagery acquired on March 15th highlights an increase in Russian military trucks presence and at least 20 helicopters stationed near the runway.
Skytek highlighted the vessels that were able to depart the region, just as the Ukraine ports in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov were closing.
In this report, we go into detail on the vessels that were in the ports of Odesa, Yuzhny, and Mykolaiv.
There are more than 100 superyachts that have ties with Russian interests or fly the Russian flag, which may fall under the rapidly increasing sanctions imposed by US – OFAC, UK – OFSI, EU, and other countries. The aggregated value of the Russia connected yachts exceeds US $12Bn. Skytek has mapped the superyachts of the highest value and can provide a full list in detail, recording their location and alerts when calling at a port or country of interest.
On 15 February 2022 the JWC (Joint War Committee), added Ukrainian and Russian waters in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov to the HRA (High Risk Areas) through circular JWLA-028.
On 24 February, there were 120 ships moored under cargo operations in Ukrainian ports, with another 60 cargo ships waiting at anchor. The Russian invasion into Ukraine saw vessels in anchorage being immediately instructed to leave the escalated risk area. On the morning of February 24th, the first 24 ships departed anchorage displaying destinations as: “Open Sea” and “For Orders”.
The Felicity Ace departed Emspier jetty in Emden, Germany on 09th February 2022 at 1910 UTC after reportedly loading a batch of luxury cars, with a destination of Davisville port, Rhode Island on the East Coast of USA.
On the morning of Wednesday, the 16th, a fire emerged in one of the cargo holds and spread further while the vessel was sailing at about 160Nm west of Ponta Delgada, Portugal.
There have been several marine incidents over the last couple of days.
The ultra-large container ship MUMBAI MAERSK grounded at the entrance to Wesser River, Germany. We also saw the container ship SANTA MARIA come close to grounding off the coast of Japan.
On the night of December 10-11, 2021, an outbreak of powerful tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois, killing dozens of people and leaving wreckage over hundreds of miles.
The Kentucky region was most affected, with more than 80 confirmed dead. Extensive property damage has been reported, possibly making the storm the deadliest since 1890, when 79 people lost their lives in an area around Louisville.