MV Moscow University

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Moscow University p4 at the '5e Petroleumhaven', Port of Rotterdam, Holland 20-Jun-2006.jpg
Moscow University at Rotterdam
Name: Moscow University
Owner: Novoship Novorossiysk, Russia (member of the SovComFlot Group)
Operator: Novoship (UK) Ltd
Port of registry: Liberia Monrovia
Ordered: February 1997
Builder: NKK Corporation
Cost: $40,260,000
Yard number: 185
Launched: 15 December 1998
Completed: 26 March 1999
General characteristics
Class and type: Crude oil tanker
  • 56,076 GT
  • 32,748 NT
  • 243.00 m (797 ft 3 in) overall
  • 233.00 m (764 ft 5 in) between perpendiculars
Beam: 42.03 m (137 ft 11 in)
Draught: 14.75 m (48 ft 5 in)
Depth: 20.70 m (67 ft 11 in)
Installed power: Sulzer 6RTA58T diesel engine
Propulsion: Single shaft
Speed: 15.1 knots (28.0 km/h; 17.4 mph)
Capacity: 113,477 m3 (4,007,400 cu ft) cargo capacity in 12 tanks
Crew: 23

Moscow University (Russian: Московский университет, translit. Moskovskiy Universitet) is a 56,076 GT tanker, which was ordered in 1997. The ship was captured by Somali pirates on 5 May 2010 and rescued the following day by a Russian Navy warship.


Moscow University was ordered in February 1997. The ship was constructed by NKK Corporation, Tsu, Japan, at a cost of $42,260,000. Built as hull number 185, it was launched on 19 December 1998 and delivered to her owners on 26 March 1999.[1]

Moscow University is 243.00 metres (797 ft 3 in) long overall, with a beam of 42.03 metres (137 ft 11 in). The ship has a depth of 20.70 metres (67 ft 11 in) and a draught of 14.75 metres (48 ft 5 in). It is propelled by a 6-cylinder Sulzer 6RTA58T diesel engine of 12,000 kilowatts (16,000 hp) driving a single screw propeller, which can propel Moscow University at 15.1 knots (28.0 km/h; 17.4 mph).[1]

Moscow University is allocated the IMO Number 9166417 and uses the call sign ELWE8.[1]


Russian destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov

Moscow University was built for Fancy Maritime SA, which is owned by Novoship Novorossiysk, Russia. The ship was managed by Novoship (UK) Ltd.,[1] but management was transferred back to Russia in 2008,[2] when many London-based employees of Novoship (U.K.) Ltd. were (starting in May 2008) made redundant.[citation needed] In December 2009, it was the first ship to leave Kozmino, Russia, with a cargo of oil. It was bound for Hong Kong.[2]

Hijack and rescue[edit]

On 5 May 2010, Moscow University was attacked by Somali pirates some 500 nautical miles (930 km; 580 mi) off the coast of Somalia. The crew locked themselves in the ship's radar room or engine room.[3][4] The Udaloy-class destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov was sent to assist Moscow University.[5]

On 6 May 2010, the Russian destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov arrived and fired two warning shots. The rescue operation then began when Marshal Shaposhnikov opened fire on the pirates with its cannons. Under the cover of this fire, a helicopter from the ship landed on the hijacked ship's deck and inserted Naval Infantry commandos on board, who quickly rescued the hijacked vessel.[6] The entire crew escaped unharmed.[7] One pirate was killed and 10 detained during the operation.[8] Later, the pirates were set adrift in an inflatable boat – without weapons or navigation equipment – some 300 nautical miles (560 km; 350 mi) from the coast. According to sources within the Russian Ministry of Defense, they did not reach the coast and likely died at sea.[9] The pirates' disappearance has raised speculation that they were in fact executed by the Russian commandos, particularly in the light of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev's comments that "We'll have to do what our forefathers did when they met the pirates".[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "Moscow University". Welland Canal. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Tanker "Moscow University" export oil laden leaves Kozmino (Primorye), bounding for Hong Kong". CrewingBizUa. 30 December 2009. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Russian forces storm oil tanker, 1 pirate killed | ABC 7 News". 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-05-10. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Somali pirates hijack chemical tanker with 22 crew - Yahoo! News". 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Pirates attack Russian oil tanker off Somalia coast". BBC News Online. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  6. ^ RT - Dangerous Route: Fighting Back Pirates (Television Documentary), July 04 2010
  7. ^ Ferris-Rotman, Amie (6 May 2010). "Russian warship frees hijacked tanker, no one hurt". Reuters. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Russian destroyer frees tanker, captures pirates". The Raw Story. Retrieved 6 May 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Military says pirates likely dead". The Moscow Times. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  10. ^ Mirovalev, Mansur (2010-05-11). "Russia says freed pirates didn't reach land". The Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 

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