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.
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