Russia claims two commercial ships hit by Ukrainian missiles

Two Russian commercial cargo ships had been hit by Ukrainian missiles in the Sea of Azov, according to several Russian news agencies, which cited a claim by Russia’s Federal Security Service’s (FSB) border department for the Krasnodar Territory.

The 3,300 dwt ore/oil carrier SGV Flot (IMO 8033089) owned by Samarashipping, and the 4,000 dwt general cargo ship Seraphim Sarovskiy (IMO 8867222) owned by Rechmortrans, were identified as the ships that had been hit – by a Ukrainian Armed Forces’ missile strike at around 11:00 local time on February 24th 2022 as part of the Ukrainian response to the invasion by Russian troops that started before dawn on Thursday.

The missiles were believed to have been fired from the port city of Mariupol.

SGV Flot, which was carrying oil, sustained damage. A fire broke out on board the ship and one of its crewmembers was injured. The ship’s crew managed to extinguish the fire and both SGV Flot and Seraphim Sarovskiy continued their voyage, according to FSB.

As of February 25th the SGV-Flot was moored in Yeysk on the Russian coast in the Sea of Azov.

As of February 27th the Seraphim Sarovskiy was moored at Azov, Russia, on the Sea of Azov.

It should be noted that, while the hits on ships reported by Ukraine have been independently verifiable, this is not the case for the Russian claims.

1981-built, Russia-flagged, 2,615 gt SGV-Flot is owned and managed by Kontur-SPB OOO of St Petersburg, Russia.

1986-built, Russia-flagged, 2,999 gt Seraphim Sarovskiy is owned by Morflot LLC of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. It is managed by Rechmortrans Ltd of Rostov-na-Donu, Russia. As of February 27th it was recorded as entered with West of England Club (Eastern Claims Team) on behalf of Morflot Ltd.