Turkish ship sinks off Cyprus

A Turkish general cargo vessel sank yesterday one hour after the master had SOS’d that the ship’s engine room was taking on water. All the crew managed to evacuate onto lifeboats and were picked up by a passing Arkas containership, Electra A.

The 32-year-old, 2,061 dwt ship, Murat Hacibekiroglu II, was carrying a cargo of cement when it ran into difficulties northwest of Cyprus.

The ship’s owner is Istanbul-based Hacibekiroglu Denizcilik.


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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