General cargo ship Mehmet Akin damaged after collision with pier in Turkey

mehmet akinThe general cargo ship Mehmet Akin collided with pier in Evyap port, Turkey. The vessel was maneuvering for berthing with pilot on board, but proceeded with higher than recommended speed and hit the stone quay. The general cargo ship Mehmet Akin suffered breach above the waterline with dimensions 80×50 cm. The vessel did not suffered other damages and remained afloat without water ingress. The incident was reported to local authorities and at the scene arrived inspectors to estimate the damages. The ship was berthed at the pier and was allowed to start cargo operations, but will need of special survey after repair is completed.

The general cargo ship Mehmet Akin was en route from port of Ambarli with cargo of cement. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the collision.

The authorities made a special survey and inspection of the stone quay after the accident. It was estimated that pier was not sufficiently damaged and not being a safety issue.

The general cargo ship Mehmet Akin (IMO: 7407219) has overall length of 112.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 2,858 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,562 GRT. The cargo ship was built in 1976 by Torlaklar Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.