Seven feared dead as ship sinks off Turkey

A Palau-flagged general cargo ship sank off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin, with four of the 13 crew dead and another three still missing.

“The Arvin ship attempted to take refuge at Bartin port due to poor weather conditions as it carried cargo from Georgia to Bulgaria,” Bartin governor Sinan Guner was quoted as saying by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.

The coastguard said the ship had sunk after taking in water amid stormy conditions.

The crew of the ship was predominantly Ukrainian with two Russians. The ship – a river – sea type – is owned by Arvin Shipping.

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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