The bulk carrier Ephesus III collided with another anchored bulker Alexandros Theo at outer Istanbul anchorage. The accident happened in Ahikapi road after cargo ship Ephesus III passed through Bosphorus Strait in southern direction. The ship maneuvered to leave separation scheme, but due to technical problem collided with anchored bulker. The collision happened at slow speed and both vessels suffered slight damages, without underwater breaches and water ingress. The bulk carriers remained at anchor until further inspection of the seaworthiness and investigation for the responsible of collision. There were no injured people and water pollution during the accident.
The accident did not affected the traffic through Bosphorus Strait. The ships will be released to resume voyages after inspection.
The bulk carrier Ephesus III (IMO: 9278167) was en route from Tuapse, Russia to Alexandria, Egypt during the accident. The vessel has overall length of 177.00 m, moulded beam of 29.40 m and maximum draft of 8.80 m. The deadweight of the bulker is 31,818 DWT and the gross tonnage is 19,796 GRT. The ship was built in 2004 by Hakodate Dock in Japan.
The bulk carrier Alexandros Theo (IMO: 9207792) has overall length of 186.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 11.30 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 45,659 DWT and the gross tonnage is 26,010 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2000 by Tsoneishy Heavy Industries in Philippines. The owned and operator of the vessel is Greek company Evripos Shipmanagement. During the collision the vessel was en route from Varna, Bulgaria to Ghent, Belgium.