Universal Cargo Logistics (UCL) admitted last week that the container vessel had docked in Syria, but said the firm had no knowledge of the cargo's contents as they were in sealed containers and passed by Russian customs officials. UCL is registered in the Netherlands, while the boat is registered by a Maltese company called Rusich 12 Ltd, which is owned by a Russich-NW Shipholding. The firm, Rusich-12, is part of several companies registered at the address of advocates Ganado & Associates in Valletta, as subsidiaries of Russich-NW Shipholding, which is registered in Cyrus and owned by Universal Cargo Logistics (UCL) of the Netherlands, one of several businesses owned by Russian oligarch and billionaire Vladimir Lisin. Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin was a welder before studying metal engineering at a university in Siberia. He is Russia's second richest man, having made his fortune, estimated at 10.2 billion pounds, in the steel industry. Professor Katsman, managed by the North Western Shipping Company, delivered the cargo of arms to Syria.
[June 1]"With respect to the reported docking of a ship [Professor Katsman] carrying Russian arms, this is obviously of the utmost concern given that the Syrian government continues to use deadly force against civilians," U.S. Ambassador Rice told reporters at UN headquarters. "As for supplying weapons, Russia does not provide weapons that could be used in a civil conflict," Russian President Putin said.
"We know that there has been a very consistent arms trade even during this last year of violence in Syria coming from Russia to Syria. We also believe that the continuing supply of arms from Russia has strengthened the Assad regime," said U.S. Secretray of State Clinton. "What those arms are being used for we can not speak with any accuracy
[May 26] ODAI from North Korea is scheduled to dock today in Latakiya
“North Korea is continuing to send arms to Syria. The shipments arrive by air and sea and they are being paid by a special slush fund that the Iranian government set up for this purpose.”
Professor Katsman, is owned by a Maltese firm, which is owned by a Cypriot company that is owned by Russian firm.
Diplomats said the Russian firm might have been acting on behalf of state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, though that was not clear.
9368261 PROFESSOR KATSMAN UBOG3 General Cargo Ship 5465 2008
Name: Professor Katsman
Vessel type: Cargo
Gross tonnage: 4,970 tons
Summer DWT: 5,465 tons
Length: 128 m
Beam: 16 m
Draught: 3.5 m
Owner: Volga Baltic - Moscow, Russia
Manager: North Western Shipping
Receive: 23/07/2010 04:44
Ship: PROFESSOR KATSMAN
Flag: North Korea
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