Turkish cargo ship “LIRA” rammed the support of a constructed bridge over the Kerch Strait at its top speed. The incident occurred on March 19, but only now the detailed information was reported by FlashCrimea with reference to the management of Russia federal highways “Taman”.
IMO: 8516744; Flag: Belize; MMSI: 312373000; Callsign: V3OP9
Former name(s): Munster (Until 2005 Sep); Jade (Until 1999 Mar); Sea Jade (Until 1988 Jan)
Vessel type: General Cargo
Gross tonnage: 1,948 tons. Summer DWT: 3,078 tons
Length: 89 m. Beam: 12 m. Draught: 3 m
“The cargo ship leaned on the support of the temporary working bridge, which is being built between the island of Tuzla and fairway (navigating channel)”, – said employee management.
As a result of the incident none of the crew members on board were injured, but one of the bridge’s pillars (№ 80) was completely destroyed, another one (№79) was almost destroyed and several others were badly damaged (two gauge piles were destroyed and a displacement was fixed on two supports).
Damaged bridge is using for technical cargo delivery for the construction of the main bridge over the Kerch Strait.
It is noted that the ship is owned by Turkuaz Shihhing Corp (later updates: the formal ship owner is Voda Shipping, Uzunçayır Cad. Kadıköy Yapı Merkezi No:31 C1 Blok Kat:3 D:28 Hasanpaşa / Kadıköy / İSTANBUL / TURKEY 34722), and its captain is a Turkish citizen. Currently, the vessel is at the raid of Taganrog port.
Position Received at: 3 h, 54 min agoArea: BSEA – Azov SeaLatitude / Longitude: 47.04801° / 38.81997°Status: At Anchor