Cargo ships collide in Istanbul's Bosphorus

Despite the collision, both Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits remain open to shipping traffic, Turkish officials say.

     The Sierra Leone-flagged ship, Kayan-I, is listing heavily to one side in the Bosphorus Strait after the collision

    Two cargo ships have collided in Istanbul's Bosphorus strait, but the busy waterway remains open to traffic, GAC shipping agency says.

    The M/V Kayan-I, a 5,644 tonne Sierra Leone-flagged general-cargo vessel, was taking on water in its stern and had
    been towed to a secure position, after colliding with the M/V Adriablue in the southern part of the Bosphorus.

    "Due to strong south wind M/V Kayan-I collided with M/V Adriablue while she was trying to anchor at Southern Bosphorus anchorage area," the shipping agency said in an email on Friday.

    The M/V Adriablue sustained damage to its accommodation section.

    Both the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits were currently open to shipping traffic, the agency said.

    The Bosphorus - the world's narrowest strait used for international navigation - divides Europe from Asia.

    Its shores are heavily populated as Istanbul - Turkey's largest city - straddles it.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.