Tanker adrift in Bosporus

Feb 27 2015

A possible catastrophe was averted when tugs managed to tow the crippled Marshall Islands-flagged Handysize tanker ‘King Edward’ to Istanbul’s Yenikapi port.

The tanker lost power in the Bosporus and drifted dangerously close to the coast in strong currents before the crew managed to anchor the tanker, local media reported.

The 2004-built tanker was sailing from Italy to Kavkaz in Russia when it suffered suspected engine failure near Istanbul on Sunday evening.

Turkey’s Maritime Safety Directorate sent tugs to tow the disabled vessel to safety.

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