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.