Cargo vessel crashes into bollard on Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait

Uncategorized Faizah Kamal 27-Dec-2019

A cargo vessel crossing through the Bosphorus strait in Turkey’s capital Istanbul crashed into a bollard next to the Aşiyan Cemetery on December 27.

Songa Iridium, a Liberian-flagged cargo vessel departing from the Odessa port of Ukraine, ran ashore at Istanbul’s Rumeli Hisarı fortress 25 minutes after entering the Bosphorus strait.

Rescue boats from the General Directorate of Coastal Safety were dispatched to the scene. No loss of life due to the accident was reported.

The cargo vessel was 191-metres (626-feet) long and weighed over 23,500 gross tonnes.

“The Liberian flagged cargo vessel, accompanied by 19 crew and a harbour pilot, passing through the Bosphorus strait, gave a machine malfunction signal and hit the shore at Rumeli Hisarı at 12:13,” the Governor’s Office said in a statement issued on December 27.