The general cargo ship Sukran Camuz caught fire at Mersin anchorage, Turkey. The vessel was anchored for long time and partially abandoned, but yesterday afternoon started burning at the superstructure. The remaining seamen on board saw thick smoke coming from the accommodation compartment, which extended to the fire and reached the bridge. The crew was unable to get control over it and requested assistance from the local authorities. At the scene of the accident were dispatched three turgs with firefighters, who succeeded to extinguish the flames within two hours. The damages of the vessel need to be assessed. There were no injured seamen during the accident.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. The ship is in poor condition and remain at the anchorage in Mersin for several months. There is no evidence for intentional fire, but police and firefighters will make a survey of the scene. The ship remain afloat and there is no immediate danger for her seaworthiness.
The general cargo ship Sukran Camuz (IMO: 8218392) has overall length of 67.00 m, while length between perpendiculars is 61.00 m. The moulded beam of the ship is 11.00 m and maximum draft is 6.00 m. The deadweight of general cargo ship Sukran Camuz is 1,740 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,384 GRT. The vessel was built in 1984 by Marmara Shipyard in Korfez, Turkey. The owner and operator of Sukran Camuz is Turkish company Nurce Denizcilik.