Two freighters washed ashore by storm at Tuzla coast

Guneyin agroundThe bad weather in Marmara Sea caused grounding of two freighters off Turkey. The general cargo ship Guneyin dragged anchor and was washed by the strong winds ashore, grounding at Kartal Kumcular Iskelesi in Turkey. The vessel stuck at the rocks in the coast north of Tuzla, but fortunately did not suffered serious damages and was not breached. Meanwhile, the the general cargo vessel Yakup Aaga also dragged anchor and was washed ashore over the already grounded freighter Guneyin. The both ships stuck at same place and collided by boards, but fortunately were not damaged and remained stable at the beach.

The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene of the troubled freighters were dispatched salvage tugs, which assisted with refloating and securing the general cargo ship Guneyin at the anchorage, while the freighter Yakup Aaga was towed to Kartal. The ships will be detained for safety inspection and survey before return in service.

Fortunately during the both accidents there were no injured people and no reported water pollution.

The general cargo ship Guneyin (IMO: 9040950) has overall length of 55.00 m, moulded beam of 9.00 m and maximum draft of 4.00 m. The deadweight of the freighter is 882 DWT and the gross tonnage is 660 GRT. The general cargo ship was built in 1991 by Dortler Shipyard in Istanbul, Turkey.

Yakup Aaga shipThe general cargo vessel Yakup Aaga (IMO: 8121288) has overall length of 80.50 m, moulded beam of 13.60 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the ship is 3,145 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,923 GRT. The vessel was built in 1983 by Bodewes Shipyard in Hoogezand, Netherlands. The owner and operator of the general cargo ship is Turkish company Ayden Deniz. After the accident the vessel was towed to Kartal, where will be inspected and surveyed before return in service.