Cargo Ship Mutiny Injures Captain


The Turkish cargo ship Mehmet Unlu underwent a mutiny on September 4, 2016 which left the ship’s captain seriously injured and crew members taken hostage, according to the Kyiv Post.

The ship is a 108-metre long general cargo ship with a 4,937 gross tonnage, and reports indicate that Ukraine’s Special Forces unit and Border Service boarded the ship to find blood on the deck.

The ship was believed to be heading to Mykolaiv after being docked at Tripoli, Libya and then Turkey.

This comes after an anchored bulk carrier was boarded by seven armed robbers on Wednesday 24 August, 2016, when two of the crew members have been beaten and taken hostage.

News sources were alerted of the incident when Andrey Stavinster, CEO of Yuzhny- based stevedoring firm TIS, posted it in a status on his facebook page. 

Mr Stavinster wrote: “Part of the crew (mostly Turks) caused a blackout on the vessel and then barricaded themselves in.” 

Mr Stavinster also alerted officials that the captain had sustained injuries.

Earlier in July, 2016, a fight broke out on the Liberian-flagged Bulk Carrier MV Benita during which one crew member was injured, the Ship ran aground off the coast of Mauritius shortly after. 

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