Containership Runs Aground in Bosphorus Strait – Incident Video

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A foreign cargo ship ran aground in Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Friday, requiring a rescue operation and prompting authorities to temporarily close the picturesque and crowded waterway running through Turkey's largest city. There were no injuries or casualties, the governor's office said, adding that the ship had reported engine failure shortly before … [Read more...]

Bosporus Strait Bulker Crash Hits Barley Supply to Top Buyer

By Isis Almeida, Cagan Koc and Anatoly Medetsky (Bloomberg) -- A ship that crashed into an historic building at Turkey’s Bosporus Strait this weekend was carrying barley sold to top buyer Saudi Arabia. Bulk carrier Vitaspirit had the accident on Saturday, temporarily halting traffic at one of the world’s most important maritime choke points. The Panamax vessel had loaded … [Read more...]

Turkey Reveals Route for New Canal to Ease Bosphorus Shipping

By Ali Kucukgocmen ISTANBUL, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Turkey announced on Monday the route for a planned canal that would reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait and transform the European half of Istanbul into an island. Work on the 45-km (28-mile) Kanal Istanbul, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara west of the Bosphorus, will begin this year, Transport … [Read more...]