MV Millennial Spirit

The MV Millennial Spirit is a Moldovan chemical tanker which transports diesel fuel. Built in 1974, the ship was previously known as MV Freyja under the ownership of an Icelandic shipping firm. It was shelled and its crew was forced to abandon ship in the Black Sea during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. According to Ukrainian officials, the ship was shelled by Russian warships.

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Millennial Spirit under previous name Freyja
History
NameMillennial Spirit
Port of registry Moldova
Launched22 June 1974
Completed1974
Identification
FateShelled by a Russian warship on 25 February 2022
NotesFormerly Freyja
General characteristics
Tonnage2,200 DWT
Length77.12 m (253 ft 0 in)
Beam12.53 m (41 ft 1 in)
Draught4.6 m (15 ft 1 in)
Speed13.5 knots (25.0 km/h; 15.5 mph)
Crew10 or 12

CharacteristicsEdit

The Millennial Spirit is a 2,200-ton chemical tanker which is 77.12 m (253 ft 0 in) long, has a beam of 12.53 m (41 ft 1 in), and a draught of 4.6 m (15 ft 1 in). It was assessed at 1,665 gross tonnage (GT) and 2,200 tons deadweight (DWT).[1] It has a single deck and a crew of either 10 or 12.[2][3][4]

HistoryEdit

BuildingEdit

The ship was constructed in Lauenburg, Germany, by builder J.G. Hitzler Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik. It was completed on 22 June 1974 under its first recorded name Essberger Pilot with an original port of registry at Limassol, Cyprus. Over the following years, the ship would change names several times, including Solvent Explorer, Tom Lima, and Hordafor Pilot.[5]

As FreyjaEdit

In August 2001 the tanker was acquired by Icelandic shipping firm Nesskip along with MV Frigg, another chemical tanker.[5] It was renamed to MV Freyja and was operated by Nesskip until 2015, registered in Valletta, Malta.[5]

ShellingEdit

On 25 February 2022, the Millennial Spirit was carrying 600 tons of diesel fuel while transiting through the Black Sea. According to a Ukrainian ministry, the tanker was shelled while underway 22 km (12 nmi) south of the Ukrainian port of Yuzhne by Russian warships involved in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.[3][6] The ship's crew were stated to be Russian by Moldova's naval agency;[6][7][8] two were injured and all were forced to abandon ship in lifejackets.[3] All of the crew were rescued by Ukrainian authorities and those injured were sent to a hospital.[6][9]

Early reports indicated that the vessel was sailing under the Romanian flag, a country which is in NATO, prompting concerns about an attack on a NATO member. However, these reports turned out to be false and Moldova's naval agency confirmed that the Millennial Spirit was Moldovan.[2]

The oiler was still on the surface and afire as of 16 March 2022. Because of this, The Drive has suggested that[10] when the Ukrainian authorities reported days earlier on 7 March that the Russian patrol boat Vasily Bykov had been damaged by a missile attack by Ukraine,[11] they confused it with the Millennial Spirit, as new pictures and footage of the ship intact in Sevastopol appeared on 16 March.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Freyja". Marinetraffic.com. Archived from the original on 28 February 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hockaday, James (25 February 2022). "Moldovan chemical tanker hit by missile off coast of Ukraine". Metro. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b c Adjin, Adis (25 February 2022). "Two more ships hit in the Black Sea". Splash 247. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  4. ^ Coyne, Matt; Dixon, Gary (2 March 2022). "Engineer killed in attack on Bangladeshi bulker in Black Sea". TradeWinds News. Archived from the original on 6 March 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "NESSKIP HF". Heimsnet.is. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Payne, Julia (26 February 2022). "Ukraine says two commercial ships hit by Russian missiles near Odessa port". Reuters. Archived from the original on 26 April 2022. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  7. ^ Riga, Jessica; Sweeney, Lucy; Doyle, Michael; Howard, Jacqueline (28 February 2022). "Residents warned to stay indoors as 'active hostilities' approach Kyiv's Obolon district — As it happened". ABC. Archived from the original on 18 March 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  8. ^ Blenkey, Nick (28 February 2022). "Russian attacks on merchant ships reported". Marine Log. Archived from the original on 21 March 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  9. ^ Tanas, Olga (25 February 2022). "Chemical Tanker in Black Sea Hit by Shelling, Crew Abandons Ship". BNN Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  10. ^ a b Trevithick, Joseph (16 March 2022). "The Curious Case Of Russia's 'Back From The Dead' Warship That Ukraine Supposedly Struck". The Drive. Archived from the original on 21 March 2022. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  11. ^ "По предварительной информации, сегодня ракетным залпом с побережья Одесской области как минимум поврежден патрульный корабль ЧФ РФ "Василий Быков"" [According to preliminary information, today a missile salvo from the coast of the Odessa region at least damaged the patrol ship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation "Vasily Bykov"] (in Ukrainian). Ukrinform. 7 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.