Bulk Collision in East/West Corridor


A cargo vessel has collided with a bulk carrier on October 19, 2016 in the vital transportation bridge of the Dardanelles in the Aegean Sea, causing damage to both vessels, according to Fleetmon.

Both the Comoros-flagged cargo ship Princess Maria, and the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Karagaac, were attempting to navigate the Dardanelles strait when they crashed, the Princess Maria reported damages, but no casualties have been reported as of yet.

The Princess Maria was travelling to Kerch, Ukraine from Iskenderun in Turkey and the Karagaac was travelling from Suez to Bandirma, Turkey on the Marmara sea when they collided.

The Dardanelles Strait is a vital transportation route which separates Eastern and Western Turkey, and therefore separates the Middle East from the Mediterranean; it is a very small stretch of water which is host to a lot of merchant and cruise traffic.

Earlier in October, 2016, a collision between a fuel bunker ship and container vessel in Tokyo Bay caused damage to both ships, the container ship's bow is reported to have struck the portside of the bunker ship, causing damage to both. However, both were able to continue under their own power into the Port of Kawasaki for repairs.

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