Disinfo: Ship Carrying American Coal for Ukraine Destroys Port Near Odessa


A tanker ship carrying American coal destroyed a pier in a port near Odessa, forcing the entire port to close for a year of repairs.


According to the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, on October 11 the Conquistador  grazed the eighth pier in the Pivdennyi port. The Conquistador is not an American ship, it sails under the flag of Malta.

American coal was delivered to Ukraine a day later on October 12 by the cargo ship Victoria. According to Pivdennyi’s press service, the Victoria did not have any accidents while in port and Pivdennyi is not closing for a year for repairs.

Further debunking: Stopfake


  • Reported in: Issue 85
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Trade, Odessa, Economic difficulties


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