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Cargo ship listing after collision off Istanbul

01-21-2012 08:19 BJT

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A Sierra Leone-flagged vessel was listing after a collision with two other cargo ships off the coast of Istanbul on Friday. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency says the ship was at risk of sinking after brushing against two anchored boats while trying to moor in strong winds.

Emergency crews are now desperately trying to pump as much water off the vessel as possible. A team is also working on patching up the broken hull, which has a visible gash.

Maritime ambulance boats arrive to evacuate crew members of the Sierra Leone-flagged
Kayan-1 in Istanbul's Bosphorus January 20, 2012.

According to officials, there were 18 crew members on board, but no casualties have been reported. Turkey’s Director General for Coastal Safety, blamed bad weather as the reason for the collision.

The Bosphorus Strait is one of the world’s busiest waterways and a vital artery for oil trade. The strait remained open to shipping despite the incident.

Rescuers watch the stranded cargo ship, Kayan-1, in Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 20, 2012.
The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Kayan-1, on Friday crashed into Dutch-flagged
Slochterdiep and Tanzania-flagged Adria Blu due to strong wind. All the 30 crew
members onboard Kayan-1 survived and the other two ships were reportedly slightly
damaged in the crash. (Xinhua/Ma Yan)

Rescuers reach the stranded cargo ship, Kayan-1, in Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 20, 2012.
The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Kayan-1, on Friday crashed into Dutch-flagged
Slochterdiep and Tanzania-flagged Adria Blu due to strong wind. All the 30 crew
members onboard Kayan-1 survived and the other two ships were reportedly slightly
damaged in the crash. (Xinhua/Ma Yan)

Rescue team and medical team approach the damaged cargo ship, Kayan-1, in Istanbul,
Turkey, Jan. 20, 2012. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Kayan-1, on Friday
crashed into Dutch-flagged Slochterdiep and Tanzania-flagged Adria Blu due to strong
wind. All the 30 crew members onboard Kayan-1 survived and the other two ships were
reportedly slightly damaged in the crash. (Xinhua/Ma Yan)

Rescue team approach the damaged cargo ship, Kayan-1, in Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 20,
2012. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship, Kayan-1, on Friday crashed into Dutch
-flagged Slochterdiep and Tanzania-flagged Adria Blu due to strong wind. All the 30
crew members onboard Kayan-1 survived and the other two ships were reportedly
slightly damaged in the crash. (Xinhua/Ma Yan)

 

Maritime ambulance boats arrive to evacuate crew members of the Sierra Leone-flagged
Kayan-1 in Istanbul's Bosphorus January 20, 2012.

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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