Reefer runs aground in the Bosporus, narrowly misses hitting petrol station

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.



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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