Bulk Carrier Engine Failure Halts Maritime Traffic In Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait

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In a recent occurrence, maritime traffic stopped in Turkey’s crucial Bosphorus Strait on May 7, 2024, due to an engine failure issue involving a bulk carrier at the strait’s southern end, according to shipping agent Tribeca, reports Marine Insight.

The incident

Tribeca reported that the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier Alexis sustained an engine breakdown at 5 a.m. (0200 GMT).

The vessel, destined for Egypt from Ukraine, ran aground near the Haydarpasa barrier on Istanbul’s Asian shoreline of the Bosphorus Strait.

The Directorate General of Coastal Safety acknowledged that the malfunction caused the 229-meter-long vessel to run aground.

The Directorate stated that after performing an underwater inspection led by the divers, the emergency response vessel, Nenehatun, reached the affected area.

The Bosphorus Strait is one of the world’s busiest waterways. It is a major maritime route connecting the Black and Marmara Seas.

The incident highlights the difficulties and risks connected with navigating this crucial passage.

Further updates on the situation are expected as efforts continue to recover the vessel and restore normal maritime movement in the Bosphorus Strait.

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Source: Marine Insight