Gas tankers MAESTRO (“Maestro”) and VENICE (the previous name of the CANDY, respectively “Candia”) that caught fire in the Kerch Strait, involved in illegal supply of gas to Syria, starting in 2016. About it reports a press-service of the Ministry of the temporarily occupied territories (Minot).
“According to the Office of foreign assets control of the U.S. Treasury Department (OFAC), the court of VENICE and MAESTRO are involved in illegal supply of gas to Syria, starting in 2016”, – stated in the message.
According to the international monitoring system, tanker VENICE came from the Russian port of Temryuk January 20, but at the time of the accident the ship was not working AIS system (Automatic Identification System). The same was observed on the tanker MAESTRO – the last ship information recorded AIS 9 January 2019.
Such actions of foreign companies involved in Maritime transport to avoid liability on the part of the Ukrainian legislation, as well as the desire not to get on the list of the companies-infringers, and to apply international legal sanctions.
It is noted that the AIS system allows to “not only to respond quickly to accident ships and to help the victims, but also to monitor violations of traffic and illegal border crossing”.
It is difficult to establish the origin of the gas, which was transported, but according to available information, the court of VENICE and MAESTRO was involved in the supply of gas produced as with the Ukrainian continental shelf and from other countries.
These vessels were formerly closed ports in the temporarily occupied Crimea and are the violators of the regime of the temporarily occupied territories.
The number of victims of fire rose to 14. Also became known the preliminary cause of the explosion on one of the ships. Sailors could compromise safety when transferring fuel from one vessel to another.