Bosphorus Strait closed after collision between bulk carrier Tolunay and Coast Guard boat

bulk carrier TolunayBosphorus Strait was closed after bulk carrier Tolunay collided with Coast Guard boat at the southern end of the canal. The coast guard vessel capsized and sank. As result one crew died, three went missing and the rest six people were rescued and transported to the local hospital. The victim was put in water trap into the capsized boat and was found later during search and rescue operation by divers. Later, the missing coast guard crew members were also recovered with heavy injuries and hospitalized. The cargo ship was detained after the accident during the further investigation for the responsible of the collision.

The bulk carrier Tolunay left Istanbul port en route to Odessa, Ukraine, but after entering the separation scheme collided coast guard boat. It is not yet clear, which of the participants is responsible for the collision. The investigation for the root cause is under investigation. The bulk carrier did not suffered serious damages, but was detained in Istanbul anchorage.

The bulk carrier Tolunay (IMO: 9085675) has overall length of 158.00 m, moulded beam of 25.00 m and maximum draft of 7.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 21,964 DWT and the gross tonnage is 13,865 GRT. The Cook Island-flagged bulk carrier was built 1995 by Saiki Heavy Industries in Japan. The vessel is owned and operated by Turkish company Tolunay Shipmanagement.