The general cargo ship Mustafa Kan sank in Mediterranean Sea on 25 nautical miles southeast off Syracuse, Sicily. The vessel was en route from Dakar, Senegal to Sibenik, Croatia, loaded with fertilizer ammonium phosphate, but started getting water ingress and sinking near the Italian coast. The 16 crew sent distress signal to local authorities and abandoned the vessel into a life boat. Later the seamen were rescued by Italian Coast Guard without reported injuries. Later, the general cargo ship Mustafa Kan lost stability and sank. There were no injured people during the accident and no oil leak.
The local authorities started monitoring the area of sinking, but there is no environmental danger. The ammonium phosphate is the salt of ammonium and phosphate. It is a highly unstable compound, which leaches and neutralizes into water.
The Turkish general cargo ship Mustafa Kan (IMO: 9462263) has overall length of 136.00 m, moulded beam of 18.00 m and maximum draft of 8.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 9,250 DWT and the gross tonnage is 7,393 GRT. The ship was built in 2009 by Madenci Marine Industry in their shipyard in Karadeniz Eregli, Turkey. The ship is owned and operated by Kanlar Denizcilik.