Photos: Two Bulkers Collide Near Cannakale Strait

October 27, 2021 Maritime Safety News

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Damage to the Benitamou’s hull at Hold 4 (General Directorate of Coastal Safety)

PUBLISHED OCT 24, 2021 8:27 PM BY THE MARITIME EXECUTIVE

 

On Sunday morning, two bulkers collided near the northern entrance to the Cannakale Strait, resulting in serious damage to both vessels.

That morning, the 200,000 dwt bulker Benitamou and the 30,000 dwt freighter BC Vanessa were both headed for an anchorage area off Gallipoli. Heavy fog meant restricted visibility.

At about 0600, the Vanessa’s bow struck Benitamou amidships on the port side, leaving a gaping hole in the larger vessel’s hull. The force of the impact badly damaged the Vanessa’ s bow.

Turkey’s General Directorate of Coastal Safety dispatched three tugs and two response boats to the scene. The Benitamou sustained flooding, but no pollution or injuries were reported and both ships remained in a stable condition. Turkish authorities told local media that both vessels would undergo a thorough dive inspection and temporary repairs before recieving permission to voyage onwards.

 

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