Laden Suezmax Tanker Aground Near Istanbul – SCF KHIBINY

SCF Khibiny aground near Istanbul, Turkey, June 18, 2015. Photo: Turkish General Directorit
SCF Khibiny aground near Istanbul, Turkey, June 18, 2015. Photo: Turkish General Directorate of Coastal Safety

 

A laden suezmax oil tanker ran aground just outside the Bosphorus Strait near Istanbul, Turkey Thursday morning.

The Turkish General Directorate of Coastal Safety reports that the Liberia-flagged tanker SCF Khibiny had ran aground at approximately 10:19 a.m. local time in shallow water at the entrance to an anchorage near Istanbul.

No pollution or injuries have been reported, according to the General Directorate of Coastal Safety. A total of six vesssels were sent to respond to the tanker, the organization reported.

AIS data shows the SCF Khibiny still aground as of 16:17 GMT on Friday. The vessel is headed for Pascagoula, Mississippi in the U.S., the data showed.

The SCF Khibiny was built in 2002 and has a deadweight of 159,196 tons. The vessel is managed by Sovcomflot, Russia’s largest shipping company.

Suezmax tankers can typically carry about 800,000 to more than 1 million barrels of oil.