The Aframax tanker New Hellas lost propulsion power after engine malfunction in Bosphorus near Salac, Turkey. The vessel was transiting in northern direction, but suffered problem with the main engine during passage through the strait and proceeded with reduced speed. The tanker requested assistance from the local authorities and at the scene was dispatched harbor tug, which assisted and secured the tanker until reaching Black Sea. The traffic in the Strait was hampered during transiting of the troubled Aframax tanker New Hellas, but there was no congestion in the strait.
The Aframax tanker New Hellas was anchored at Sile anchorage in Black Sea, where will be repaired and inspected. The local authorities ordered special survey after repair works. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution.
The Aframax tanker New Hellas (IMO: 9221891) has overall length of 248.00 m, moulded beam of 43.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 105,815 DWT and the gross tonnage is 59,827 GRT. The ship was built in 2001 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in South Korea. The owner and operator of the Aframax tanker is Greek company Polembros Shipping.