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Bulker arrested after widely seen Bosphorus mansion collision

An Istanbul court has issued a warrant for the seizure of the bulk carrier Vitaspirit, owned by Greece’s Odyssey Navigation, that crashed into a waterfront mansion on the Bosphorus on April 7.

The ruling came after the owners of the Hekimbaşı Salih Efendi mansion applied to the Istanbul 17th Commercial Court of First Instance on April 9, demanding a lien to be enforced after their mansion was left with extensive damage. In their application, the owners noted the 18th century pink mansion had lost its historical status as a result of the crash, an accident that was caught on video and went viral via social media over the weekend.

The ship’s manager said in a statement earlier this week: “The vessel, with a pilot onboard, suffered main engine issues and veered off course hitting the shore and causing damage to a historic building.”


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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