The general cargo vessel Annette adrift after fire at Bosphorus Strait off Haydarpasa. The vessel was en route from Constanta, Romania to Rotterdam, Netherlands, but caught fire in engine room after short circuit. It was understood that crew succeeded to extinguish the flames, but vessel Annette remained adrift without propulsion power in the shipping channel, pushed to the shore by heavy transverse winds. The accident was reported to the local authorities and coast guard, which immediate dispatched at the scene two salvage tugs, which towed and secured the freighter at Ahirkapi Anchorage. The vessel and anchored for repair and safety inspection.
During the accident there were no injured people and no reported pollution. The traffic at Bosphorus Strait was disturbed during the accident and salvage, but without resulting to more serious congestion. The investigation for the root cause of the fire is under way. The ship is still at anchorage and there is no information, when the voyage will be resumed.
The general cargo vessel Annette (IMO: 9266554) is heavy lift carrier with overall length of 151.00 m, moulded beam of 22.00 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The deadweight of the freighter is 9,417 DWT and the gross tonnage is 8,383 GRT. The general cargo ship was built in 2003 by JJ Sietas Schiffswerft in Hamburg, Germany. The owner and operator of the freighter Annette is German company SAL Heavy Lift.