Last update: October 24, 2021 7:02 PM
Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday that a collision occurred between two ships near the entrance to the Çanakkale (Dardanelle) Strait from the direction of the Turkish Sea of Marmara, without causing any casualties.
Security sources said that the accident occurred at 06.10 am (3+ GMT) between the 299-meter-long “Benitamo” ship, flying the flag of Panama, which departed from the Ukrainian port of Yuzhno, carrying iron ore and headed to the Chinese port of Shanghai, and the ship “BC Vanessa”. The 172-meter-long, Barbados flag, set off from the Bulgarian port of Varna, carrying wheat and heading to Egypt.
The security sources added that the General Directorate of Coastal Safety sent rescue tugs to the site as soon as it received a report from the captains of the two ships about the accident.
In the initial investigations, the rescue teams reported that the ship “BC Vanessa” was damaged in the foreground, and the ship “Benitamo” received damage in warehouse No. 4 from the left side, without causing any loss of life or environmental pollution.
It is expected that the process of examining the safety of the two ships in the region will continue, and a final report on the accident and the condition of the two ships will be issued later, while the two ships docked in a safe area after the accident, according to the Anatolia Agency.