A dry cargo ship en route from Ukraine to the port of Mersin ran aground in the Bosphorus, blocking the straits, the Turkish Coast Guard Main Directorate reported.
“Our rescue boats and tugs were immediately sent to the 142-meter vessel MKK-1, which ran aground in Umuryeri (Sariger district in Istanbul) while en route from Ukraine to Istanbul,” the Turkish Coast Guard said.
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“The Bosphorus is temporarily closed to navigation,” Turkish authorities tweeted.
Television footage showed the ship’s bow running aground on the Asian side of the Bosphorus near the coastline.
The Istanbul Joint Coordination Center, which oversees grain shipments in the Black Sea as part of a UN-brokered deal, said over the weekend that the vessel was heading from the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny near Odessa to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Mersin.
Tribeca said the Pilau-flagged cargo ship ran aground in the northern Bosphorus heading south, adding that there were no reports of damage or fuel leaks.
On both sides of the Bosporus, a line of ships was recorded waiting to pass through the strait.