Singapore-flagged tanker hits Istanbul shore

The Istanbul Strait was closed to the sea traffic after the accident.

Singapore-flagged tanker hits Istanbul shore
A Singapore-flagged tanker has hit the shore in the Istanbul Strait due to a rudder problem.

Turkish Coast Guard officials said on Saturday that the tanker "Aral Sea", which was on its way to the Black Sea, went adrift in the strait after a problem in its rudder, and hit the shore near a park in Sariyer district, causing damage in the park. Also, three mansions were inundated by waves after the accident.

Tugboats were sent to pull the 244-meter tanker which was heading from Malta to Batumi city of Georgia.

The Istanbul Strait was closed to the sea traffic after the accident.

The 30-kilometer Istanbul Strait is a waterway bisecting the city.

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Last Mod: 12 Temmuz 2008, 15:40
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