Last night the reefership Crown Emma ran aground in the Bosporus near Kirecburnu on the western bank. The ship failed to respond to traffic control calls prior to the grounding. It came perilously close to plowing into a petrol station on the shore after its rudder failed. AIS data shows the vessel has since not moved. It was en route from Varna in Bulgaria to Algeciras in Spain.
The 10,351 dwt, 19-year-old ship belongs to Sweden’s Amalia Shipping.
This year there has been a spate of groundings in the Bosporus. With ships calling the Black Sea getting ever larger authorities are looking into reassessing how ship traffic flows through this congested trade artery.