Elderly ship splits in two off Istanbul

A very old general cargo ship that had been en route for repairs split in two over the weekend near Istanbul in an accident that was captured on television.

The 1975-built Mongolian flagged Leonardo vessel broke in two in the Black Sea off Turkey’s northwest coast. The 11-man crew were rescued.

Half of the ship was taken ashore by tugboats, while the remainder is in the water gradually sinking.

The ship was en route to Tuzla dockyard for repairs. Splash understand the ship is owned by Ukraine’s Splinter Shipping and was primarily used to move grain. Fortunately it was in ballast when the accident occurred.

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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