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Bulker destroys historic Istanbul building

A high profile bulk carrier accident on the Bosphorus on the weekend was captured on multiple videos, going viral via social media. The video was seen more than 60,000 times on Splash’s Facebook page alone within 24 hours.

The Vitaspirit, owned by Greece’s Odyssey Navigation, lost control of its rudder while on a voyage to Egypt on Saturday and smashed into a stunning 18th century mansion on the banks of the river in Istanbul, inflicting severe damage on the pink building. To add to the ship’s woes, after the accident it dropped anchor only for the anchor to drag a power cable.

Investigations into the accident continue.


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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