First of all, I want to clarify that I’m not getting into politics here.
By this time, a lot of you have seen a picture of a blue ship named Bella described as a tanker carrying gasoline from Iran to Venezuela. There are three things puzzled me.
1 Apparent hatch coaming, 2 No sigh of any piping, 3 Size of handrail at helm
So, I asked about “cargo ship Bella” to Professor Google. I followed her/his suggestion and go to famous marinetraffic.com. There, I saw a picture of a blue ship which is almost the same as those I have seen at many news site and in the public official document issued by DoJ, U.S. The difference is that those pictures lacked copyright notes at lower left corner for the reason I don’t know.
So the blue Bella, IMO 8808264 (not 9208124), is a Russian cargo ship (not a tanker) and gross tonnage is slightly less than 2000t (not something like near 30000t). I’m sure that this ship would never carry things like gasoline and I’m sure that Mr. Putin would’n be amused if someone mess with Russian ship. Anyway, I was satisfied that my guess was right.
By the way, I think the third picture (Pandi) in the official document issued by DoJ is taken from balticshipping.com web site.
I don’t know if DoJ obtained permission of using those pictures.