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Cargo ship runs aground in Istanbul's Bosphorus strait

Christian Fernsby |
A foreign cargo ship ran aground in Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait on Friday.

Topics: CARGO    SHIP    ISTANBUL   

There were no injuries or casualties, the governor’s office said, adding that the ship had reported engine failure shortly before its grounding near the shore.

There was no damage to the concrete walkway running along the shore, Reuters witnesses said.

The Bosphorus, among the world’s busiest shipping routes, was temporarily closed to international traffic as boats towed the vessel south towards the Sea of Marmara.

The Liberian-flagged Songa Iridum had come from Ukraine’s Odessa and was headed for Istanbul’s port of Ambarli, according to Refinitiv Eikon shipping data. Shipping agency GAC said the rescue work had been completed on the vessel.


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