Video: Russian bulker aground
Cargo ship, Petra Star, has run aground near Beykoz, Turkey.
By Marc Allen, Maritime Direct UK.
The 190-meter-long and 26,828-tonne cargo ship, Petra Star, has run aground off the coast of Turkey, reports Ahaber. The Panamanian-flagged vessel was en route from Istanbul to the Russian port of Kavkaz, when she experienced an engine malfunction.
The Turkish government has issued the following statement:
‘Panama had PETRA STAR, an empty dry cargo ship that sails from the port of Tekirdağ to the Russian port of Kavkaz, drifted off the Yön Cape today at 4:55 pm after an engine failure… Upon request for assistance from the ship, Marmara Coastal Command and Straits Regional Command TCSG-906 Coast Guard Boat and the Directorate-General for Coastal Security Nene Hatun Emergency Response Ship, Rescue-8 and Rescue-1 [sic]’.
Severe weather in the area is hampering salvage efforts and rescue teams are standing by to render assistance as soon as the weather improves.