Cargo ship Cerencan lost steering gear at Bosphorus Strait in Tarabaya area, Turkey. The vessel was proceeding in southern direction, en route from Azov, Russia to Ambarli, Turkey, but suffered steering failure and crew was forced to request assistance from local authorities to prevent collision or grounding. At the scene of the incident were dispatched two tugs, which put situation under control and general cargo ship Cerencan was towed to Buyukdere anchorage for repairs. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The authorities ordered special survey and inspection of the cargo ship before release returning in operations.
It was understood that one of the steering gear pump blocked, which caused failure of the steering gear. The engineers on board are working to fix the problem and return the propulsion system in fully working condition. The investigation for the root cause is under way.
The general cargo ship Cerencan (IMO: 7644130) has overall length of 114.00 m, moulded beam of 13.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel if 3,134 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,466 GRT. The ship was built in 1977 by Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard in Nizhniy Novgorod in Russia. The owner and operator of the general cargo ship Cerencan is Turkish company Guines Shipping.