Turkish general cargo ship sinks off Italy

Turkish general cargo ship Mustafa Kan sank over the weekend in the Mediterranean Sea around 25 nautical miles southeast off Sicily.

The vessel, owned and operated by Kanlar Denizcilik, was en route from Dakar (Senegal) to Sibenik (Croatia) loaded with fertilizer ammonium phosphate, but started talking on water near the Italian coast.

The crew sent an SOS distress signal to local authorities and all 16 abandoned the vessel into a life boat. A few hours later all the seafarers were rescued by Italian Coast Guard. There were no injuries and no oil spilled.

The 9,250 dwt Mustafa Kan was built in 2009 by Madenci Marine Industry in their shipyard in Karadeniz Eregli, Turkey.


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