Oil tankers Chryssi and Besikas Bosphorus collided at Dardanelles

ChryssiThe oil tankers Chryssi and Besikas Bosphorus collided at the anchorage near the northern entrance of Dardanelles Strait in Marmara Sea. The crude carrier Besikas Bosphorus was anchored and waiting for her transit through the strait, but was approached by the tanker Chryssi, which maneuvered dangerously close in attempt to secure at the anchorage as well. The Traffic Control Center warned the duty officer of the oil tanker Chryssi for the dangerous maneuvering, but without response. The maneuver was not successful, which cause collision between the both vessels. The damages were slight, including some dents and brakes in the bridge wings. The ships were detained for special survey and safety inspection, before return in service.

The both ships were loaded with oil, but fortunately collision did not caused damages of the cargo tanks and there was no oil leak and water pollution. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident, but according to the preliminary information duty officer of tanker Chryssi violated the several warning from the Master of Besikas Bosphorus and Traffic Control Center for the dangerous maneuver. There was no information for technical failures, so presumably the whole responsibility for the collision is to the tanker Chryssi.

The Suezmax oil tanker Chryssi (IMO: 9000572) has overall length of 274.00 m, moulded beam of 44.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 163,750 DWT and the gross tonnage is 84,491 GRT. The ship was built in 1992 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea and is operated by the Greek company Avin international.

Besikas BosphorusThe oil Tanker Besikas Bosphorus (IMO: 9290373) has overall length of 274.00 m, moulded beam of 50.00 m and maximum draft of 12.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 154,970 DWT and the gross tonnage is 79,718 GRT. The ship was built in 2005 by Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea. The owner and manager of the crude carrier is Turkish shipping operator Istanbul Denizcilik. During the accident, the vessel was under cargo, anchored at northern entrance of Dardanelles Strait in Marmara Sea and waiting to transit through en route from Novorossiysk to Trieste.