Turkey: Grounded cargo ship pulled to safety

Panama-flagged freighter ran aground off northwestern Canakkale province on Thursday

Burak Akay   | 20.03.2021
Turkey: Grounded cargo ship pulled to safety


A ship that ran aground off Turkey’s northwestern Canakkale province was pulled off seabed on Saturday.

Kemet Star, a Panama-flagged cargo vessel, had run aground near Bozcaada island on Thursday.

Turkish teams carried out underwater work on damage assessment and feasibility to drag the ship off the seabed.

With no damage ascertained, the freighter was towed to safety.

The 149-meter (489-foot) and 11,848-gross-ton ship had left Abu Zenima port of Egypt and ran agound while en route to the Derince port in Turkey’s northwestern Kocaeli province.

The vessel, which is carrying cargo of silica sand, will return to its course after completion of necessary procedures.

*Writing by Havva Kara Aydin

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