Bulk carrier El Condor Pasa aground in the Bosphorus Strait, September 9, 2015. Photo: Turkish General Directorate of Coastal Safety
Another incident to report today in Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait, this time involving a laden bulk carrier that grounded during a transit of Strait and may be leaking oil.
According to Turkey’s General Directorate of Coastal Safety, the Panama-flagged MV El Condor Pasa ran aground Wednesday during a northbound transit of the Bosphorus Strait. The 20,157 DWT bulk carrier carrying a cargo of coal at the time of the incident, the organization said.
Rescue boats and a tug have been dispatched to the area amid fears that the vessel may have leaked oil.
The General Directorate of Coastal Safety said the 177-meter vessel grounded despite warnings from the Istanbul Vessel Traffic Service.
The Bosphorus Strait is part of the Turkish Straits connecting the Black Sea with the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas via the Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. The area has been so accident-prone in recent months that we have started compiling a list:
June: A fully-laden Suezmax tanker was hard aground near Istanbul.
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