On the 22nd of May 2023 – Sparta IV the Russian cargo ship, suspected of arms shipments, was automatically detected, classified, and identified by SATIM Inc.‘s AI model on Sentinel-1 and Umbra SAR images in the Dardanelles Strait.
Today, the 23rd of May – Sparta IV was due to reach Novorossiysk, the destination port. However, on the 20th of May 2023, it lost power off Turkey on its way from the Port of Tartus (Syria).
Earlier this year, Naval News reported that in March, the Sparta IV had entered the Black Sea with a suspected load of war supplies for Russia to aid them in their invasion of Ukraine. It had been loaded in Syria and sailed under the escort of the Russian Navy.