BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The U.S.-sanctioned Russian flag cargo vessel, Oboronlogistika, was seen transiting the Bosphorus Strait this weekend as it made its way to the Syrian coastal city of Tartous.
According to the Turkish photographer Yoruk Isik, the Oboronlogistika traveled to the Mediterranean en route from the Russian port of Novorossiysk in the Black Sea.
As shown in Isik’s photos below, the Russian vessel was seen transiting Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait overnight this weekend as it made its way to the Port of Tartous in western Syria:
Ship of Interest: @USTreasury OFAC/SDN listed Oboronlogistika’s Russia flag cargo vessel Pizhma transits Bosphorus towards Mediterranean en route from Novorossiysk to #Tartus #Syria. In2017 Pizhma was outfitted to carry nuclear waste & did @mod_russia deliveries in Arctic & Kuril pic.twitter.com/8cOQSy53sV
— Yörük Işık (@YorukIsik) December 15, 2018
As noted by Isik above, the Russian ship, had previously been outfitted to carry nuclear waste; it would later do so in the Arctic waters in 2017.