The general cargo ship Mina I ran aground at Maltepe port, Turkey. The vessel was anchored near the port in Marmara sea, but due to stormy weather and heavy seas dragged anchor. The drift pushed the vessel to the shore and Mina I stuck next to the breakwater. The vessel touched the sandy bottom and was on meters from allision with the breakwater. Fortunately was estimated the the ship did not suffered serious damages and there was no immediate danger from sinking. The accident was reported to the Coast Guard and local authorities, who started salvage operation. The divers were sent to inspect the condition of the Turkish general cargo ship and was found the hull is not breached.
During the next day, after weather improved, at the scene of the troubled vessel was dispatched towing tug Kurtarma-1, which refloated the vessel. The general cargo ship was towed to anchorage and secured during the special survey and inspection. Fortunately during the accident, there were no injured people and no water pollution. The investigation for the circumstances of the grounding are under investigation.
The general cargo ship Mina I (IMO: 8951229) has overall length of 78.00 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 5.10 m. The deadweight of the ship is 2,182 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,244 GRT. The vessel was built in 1970 and operate under the flag of Turkey. The owner and manager of the cargo ship Mina I is Tulunoglu Denizcilik.