Bosphorus Strait closed after ship crashes into house

Athens: Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait is closed after a general cargo ship ran aground and smashed into a villa on the banks of the waterway.

The general cargo vessel Majed & Randy (6,476 dwt, built 1980) suffered a rudder malfunction and had no pilot onboard, causing it to collide with the building at 00:48hrs local time last night.

No injuries were sustained in the accident, according to reports from the GAC shipping agency.

Tugboats and a pilot were deployed by the Turkish Coastguard to assist the Sierra Leone-flagged vessel, which remains anchored nearby.

The Bosphorus remains closed and there has not yet been any report of when it will re-open to transit traffic.



Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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