Istanbul: A tanker carrying highly explosive naphtha collided with a cruiseship early this morning in the Dardanelles Strait. While no one was hurt, the tanker has been reported as leaking fuel, the acrid smell of which has hit towns on both of side of the strait.
The 182 m long STI Pimlico (37,000 dwt, built 2014) tanker hit the Celestyal Crystal, previously known as Louis Cristal, at around 01:30 hrs.
Both ships were towed to safety (see video below) and are being inspected.
The cruiseship was carrying 853 passengers and 382 staff.
The strait reopened earlier today.
No reason for the collision has yet been given.
The mayor of nearby Çanakkale, Ahmet Çınar, told Turkish television channel NTV a huge disaster had been avoided thanks to the quick work of the local maritime authorities.