DFA: Crew of Pinoy on Turkish ship safe and sound after Russian bombardment

The Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Yasa Jupiter, a Turkish ship that was hit by a bomb off the Ukrainian port city of Odessa on Thursday, sails in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, February 25, 2022. Murad Sezer , Reuters

MANILA – Filipino crew members aboard a Turkish vessel are safe after the ship was hit by a Russian bomb in the port city of Odessa, the Foreign Ministry (FDFA) said on Saturday.

This ship is different from another cargo ship owned by a Japanese company, in which a Filipino crew member was injured after a missile hit the ship off the coast of Ukraine.

The FDFA said the country’s embassy in Ankara and the consulate general in Istanbul are “jointly coordinating” with the ship’s Turkish owner, Yasa Holding, regarding the developments.

“According to Yasa’s personal relations officer, all crew members on board, including 11 Filipinos, were uninjured and are safe and sound. The Filipino crew members have already contacted their families in the Philippines.” , the statement said.

“The Philippine Embassy and Consulate General continue to coordinate with Yasa on any assistance that may be given to Filipino crew members.”

The ship was supposed to go to Turkey and was due to arrive south of Istanbul on Friday.

A total of three non-military vessels have been hit since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. On Thursday, the Turkish freighter Yasa Jupiter was hit off Odessa.

Ukraine’s infrastructure ministry said the Moldovan-flagged ship, the Millennial Spirit, was carrying 600 tonnes of diesel when it attacked a Russian military ship.

Earlier on Friday, the Moldovan Naval Agency said the crew of the Millennial Spirit was Russian and two of them were seriously injured.

According to the Ukrainian ministry, the freighter Namura Queen was also hit by Russian missiles on Friday.

“According to information from traffic control and the harbor master’s office at 12:55 p.m. at anchor point No. 358, a rocket hit the stern of the mv ‘NAMURA QUEEN’,” said Ukrainian shipping agent Stark Shipping based in Odessa.

“The Panamanian-flagged vessel was heading to the port of Pivdennyi (ex. Yuzhny) to load grain… There was a fire on the vessel, the tug P&O STAR came to the rescue. The situation is under control “, he added. added.

The PO Star tug was seen alongside the Namura Queen earlier on Friday, according to ship tracking Refinitiv Eikon.

On Friday evening, the Maritime Authority of Panama urged ships to maintain “maximum vigilance and reinforce safety conditions on board” when crossing Ukrainian and Russian waters, the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Azov. – with reports from Reuters and Kyodo News

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