Dardanelles Strait Traffic Temporarily Halted Due To Bulker Fire

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Turkey’s Coastal Safety Authority reported that traffic through the strategic Dardanelles Strait was temporarily halted due to an engine room fire onboard a deadweight tonnage bulker. 

Engine Room Fire 

The fire, suspected to have originated in the engine room, caused visible smoke from the 107.5-meter vessel, halting its progress in the critical waterway. Turkish authorities dispatched two rescue boats, a fast response vessel, and a pilot boat to the scene, where they sprayed water onto the funnel and stern to extinguish the fire.

Once the fire was under control, Rescue-13 was tasked with towing the bulker to a safe anchorage. Traffic through the Dardanelles resumed thereafter. The Turkish Coast Guard is investigating the fire’s cause to safeguard the waterway.

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Source: Safety4sea