BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:25 P.M.) – A sanctioned Syrian ship was spotted traveling through Turkish waters this past weekend, despite the absence of diplomatic relations between Ankara and Damascus.
According to Yoruk Isik of the Bosphorus Observer, the Syria General Authority for Maritime Transport SYRIAMAR’s Syria flag vessel ‘Souria’ transited through the Bosphorus Strait towards the Mediterranean Sea.
Ship of Interest. Heavy: Syria General Authority For Maritime Transport SYRIAMAR’s #Syria flag vessel Souria transits Bosphorus towards Mediterranean en route from Feodosia to #Tartus carrying wheat from #Crimea. SYRIAMAR & Souria is on @USTreasury OFAC SDN list since 3AUG2015 pic.twitter.com/77QwVrrnsf
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) September 3, 2018
The Syrian vessel traveled to the Crimea Port two weeks ago and was docked there until this past weekend, when it picked up a large quantity of wheat.
This Syrian vessel was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2015 for its links to the Syrian government.