General cargo ship Bereket sank at Ahirkapi Anchorage off Istanbul

Bereket ship sankThe general cargo ship Bereket sank in Marmara Sea at Ahirkapi Anchorage off Istanbul, Turkey. The vessel was unmanned, laid-up at the anchorage, started getting water ingress from the engine room. The engine compartment of the vessel flooded, which caused submerging of the aft part of the ship. The accident was reported to the local authorities, who started monitoring the condition of the vessel. The general cargo ship Bereket partially sank, resting the bottom with her aft part with superstructure and forepeak remaining above the water. There is no information about injured people, but vessel had sludge and oil on board, which caused leak and water pollution.

The local authorities and Coast Guard launched pollution preventing operation and surrounded the ship with oil booms to restrict the spreading of the oil spot. Tug and Coastal Safety boats were dispatched at the scene of the submerged ship, which started water cleansing. Salvage will be considered after liquidation of the environment pollution.

The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. The local authorities contacted the shipowner, which left the ship unmanned and without maintenance since Autumn 2016.

The general cargo ship Bereket (IMO: 8721284) has overall length of 115.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,159 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,980 GRT. The ship was built in 1984 by Zavody Tazkeho Strojarstva in Komarno, Slovakia.