Ahmet Telli arrested over Russian debt

Tanker Ahmet Telli (IMO 9035292) was arrested by Krasnodar Region Court Ruling, possibly on July 22nd, as a pledged asset to secure a debt payment to Russian Salvage Agency Morspassluzhba claim.

The salvor estimated salvage costs on the vessel to be in the region of $900,000. This included the firefighting, the cost of delivery on board equipment and teams, providing safe anchorage and other salvage services rendered. The sum demanded was considered by independent observers to be somewhat on the large side.

On July 9th a fire broke out in the engine room of the Ahmet Telli while it was dry-docked at Temryuk port, Azov Sea, Russia. After the emergency salvage the tanker was disabled. The pilot on board anchored the tanker in basin, but it was later taken to outer anchorage because of the perceived threat of an explosion.

The tanker’s Chief Officer was reported to have inhaled toxic fire emissions and had to be hospitalized, although the injuries were not said to be life-threatening. The remaining 16 crew members remained on board. However, subsequently 11 crew members of the ship were taken off and accommodated in a hotel in the city of Temryuk. The remaining crew started repair and restoration work (IMN July 14th)

1994-built, Turkey-flagged, 4,065 gt Ahmet Telli is owned and managed by Gemiciler Denizcilik Sanayi of Istanbul, Turkey. It is entered with West of England (Eastern Claims team) on behalf of Gemiciler Denizcilik Sanayi.