Vessels arriving from West Africa
As per a circular issued by Turkey's Directorate General of Health for Border and Coastal Areas, vessels entering Turkish waters from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria are prohibited from having contact for any matters like crew change, provision supply, bunkering, FW supplies, etc.
Contact with such vessels is considered to be highly risky due to Ebola. Contact will only be allowed after 21 days of sailing from port in the above-mentioned countries.
Official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed from today (3 October) until and including Tuesday 7 October. Some ports may be closed during this five-day holiday or fees for official services such as pilotage, towage, mooring or customs) increased by 50%.
Fog forces closure of Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait to ships on Sunday, Jan. 26
Heavy fog on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 forced the closure of Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait, a vital route for Russian oil and other commodities, to shipping traffic.
Five tankers were waiting to travel north at the mouth of the narrow strait, which links the Black Sea with the Mediterranean. Traffic at the Dardanelles at the other end of the Sea of Marmara was unaffected. Reduced visibility due to poor weather in the winter frequently requires maritime officials to shut the Bosphorus, disrupting the flow of Russian oil and grain to world markets.
Turkey Moving Forward with Bosphorus Strait Bypass Canal
Ship & Bunker reports that the Turkish government says it is moving forward with plans for a canal that would link the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, allowing ships to bypass the crowded Bosphorus Strait, Reuters reports.
The 45-kilometer "Kanal Istanbul" would turn the European side of Istanbul into part of an island, and land dug up to create the canal could fill part of the sea, creating a sea port and airport. "We believe that this is a very realistic project that will be talked about by the world," said Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan. Babacan said the country's Higher Planning Council has decided to go forward with the project. More at shipandbunker.com...
Turkey's Bosporus Strait closes again on strong winds
Turkey's Bosporus Strait is closed to maritime traffic for a third day due to strong winds and current, shipping sources said Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, Platts reports.
The strait closed to commercial maritime traffic Sunday following strong winds and currents in the Black Sea, shipping and port sources said previously. It was also officially closed Monday to maritime traffic ahead of a planned firework display as part of Turkey's Republic Day celebrations.
According to information from Turkey's Directorate General of Coastal Safety website the Bosporus closed in the north-south direction at 5:00 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) Tuesday after opening on Monday at 11:00 pm local time, following the firework celebrations. While in the south-north direction the Strait is scheduled to close at 2:00 p.m. local time Tuesday having previously opened at 07:00 a.m. local time.
Currently six tankers above 200 meters length overall, typically anything larger than or equal to the size of a Panamax vessel, are waiting to transit the Bosporus in the northbound direction and eight in the southbound direction, according to data from The Turkish Straits Vessel Traffic Service Authority.