Bosporus Strait Closed Briefly Due to Collision of Ships

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Rudder Malfunction! Bulk Carrier Collides with Ro-Ro Ship

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The Story:

A bulk carrier reportedly collided with ro-ro ship, affecting traffic in Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait.

What Happened:

The collision occurred at 02:00 pm (GMT) at the Anadolu Hirasi area near Istanbul.  The incident was confirmed by the shipping agent GAC.

The Coast Guard in Istanbul said that the collision occurred due to rudder malfunction aboard one of the vessels. Both the vessels were damaged during collision.  The waterway was reopened after an hour.

Nuts & Bolts:

GAC identified the cargo ships as the Maltese-flagged bulk carrier Sider Capri and the Ro-Ro Grande Anversa.

Gimme Some Background:

It has been reported that more than 3 percent of the global crude supply, the majority from Russia and the Caspian Sea – pass through the 17-mile Bosphorus that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.

Bosphorus Strait is deemed to be a key International shipping lane for oil and grain.

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Source: Haberaman

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