Fire engulfs general cargo ship in Istanbul

General cargo ship Mark caught fire off Istanbul in the Marmara Sea today forcing all crew to evacuate.

According to Turkish local reports, the fire broke out in the accommodation area of the ship when it was anchoring off Istanbul following a voyage from Beirut.

All 15 crew onboard the ship, including 10 Syrians, three Indians and two Egyptians, were evacuated safely from the vessel.

As of 6am local time, the firefighting operations were still ongoing.

The 1981-built vessel is owned by Liberian company Nord Marine.


Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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