Turkey blocked four Russian cargo ships at its Black Sea port of Samsun, due to “lack of papers,” after Port State Controle (PSC) inspections, Turkish media reported on Saturday.
Later in the day, three of the Russian ships, M/V Omskıy 105, M/V Rusıch 1, M/V Neva, were allowed to leave the port after they secured and completed the missing papers. One of them, M/V Crystal, is still waiting at the port.
According to officials from Samsun Port Administration, Russian-flagged cargo ships arrived at the Samsun port last week to deliver dry cargo. After the ships unloaded the cargo, they were set to leave. However, during an inspection by the PSC, it was discovered that the ships were missing the required papers. Turkish authorities then stopped the Russian ships, forbidding them to leave until they secured and completed the missing papers.
Tension between Turkey and Russia has been escalating since a Russian fighter jet was shot down as it entered Turkish air space on Nov. 24.
Last week, Russia stopped five Turkish-flagged ships, named as M/V MEYRA, M/V ADALADY, M/V Halil Sahin, M/V Mert Deval and M/V Mahmut Saka to dock at the Russian port of Novorossisk.