General cargo ship and ferry narrowly avoid serious collision in the Dardanelles

General cargo ship and ferry narrowly avoid serious collision in the Dardanelles

The 2,637dwt Maltese-flagged general cargo vessel Ganda and Turkish ferry Erdemler 5 narrowly avoided a catastrophe this morning as they came together around 1am in the Dardanelles, off the Gelibolu district of Gallipoli, Turkey.

Turkish media reports that the two ships brushed up alongside each other, with last minute action taken preventing a much worse outcome for the ferry which was carrying both passengers and vehicles.

Both vessels have suffered damaged, with the ferry taken to Gallipoli Port for assessment and Ganda anchored near where the incident occurred.

Ganda was heading from Rostov, Russia to Durres, Albania and called at Istanbul prior to the accident.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.

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