Thursday, December 8, 2016, Bosphorus, Turkey - Transit taffic in the Bosphorus was halted at 12:25 hours local time today (8 December) after a 225M bulk carrier suffered an engine malfunction around the Kurucesme area during her northbound transit.
Coastal safety tugs were deployed to assist the vessel and it was escorted to the Southern Bosphorus Anchorage. Traffic resumed at 15:40 hours local time.
Bosphorus Closes Due to Engine Failure aboard Tanker
The Bosphorus strait was closed to vessel traffic on August 31, 2016 afternoon as the Greece-flagged oil tanker New Hellas experienced an engine malfunction around the Uskudar area, according to GAC Turkey. Namely, the waterway was closed around 5 pm local time when the 2001-built vessel suffered the failure during its northbound transit. The authorities deployed a coastal safety tug to assist and escort
Bosphorus Strait closed after collision between bulk carrier Tolunay and Coast Guard boat
Bosphorus Strait was closed after bulk carrier Tolunay collided with Coast Guard boat at the southern end of the canal. The coast guard vessel capsized and sank. As result one crew died, three went missing and the rest six people were rescued and transported to the local hospital. The victim was put in water trap into the capsized boat and was found later during search and rescue operation by divers. Later, the missing coast guard crew members were also recovered with heavy injuries and hospitalized. The cargo ship was detained after the accident during the further investigation for the responsible of the collision.
The bulk carrier Tolunay left Istanbul port en route to Odessa, Ukraine, but after entering the separation scheme collided coast guard boat. It is not yet clear, which of the participants is responsible for the collision. The investigation for the root cause is under investigation. The bulk carrier did not suffered serious damages, but was detained in Istanbul anchorage. www.maritimeheral...
Turkish maritime authorities have reopened Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait
Turkish maritime authorities have reopened Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait to transiting tankers after shutting it earlier on Saturday for several hours following what the government said was an attempted coup by a faction in the military.
The Bosphorus is one of world's most important chokepoints for the maritime transit of oil with over three percent of global supply - mainly from Russia and the Caspian Sea - passing through the 17-mile waterway that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. It also ships vast amounts of grains from Russia and Kazakhstan to world markets.
On Saturday, forces loyal to the Turkish government fought to crush the remnants of a military coup attempt, following violence and clashes in Ankara and Istanbul.
Shipping agent GAC said traffic had reopened after being shut for several hours for security reasons and ships were now being able to travel again through the Bosphorus which divides Istanbul into European and Asian sides.
A spokesman for Russia's pipeline monopoly Transneft said the main Black Sea port of Novorossiisk was operating normally and had enough tankers near the port to continue loading operations uninterrupted until July 25 regardless of what happens in the Bosphorus.
AIS ship tracking data showed that around 10 oil tankers were anchored off the coast of Istanbul on the southern side of the strait, still waiting for instructions to sail through the narrow passage. dailytimes.com.pk...
Heavy fog halts maritime traffic in Istanbul (Feb. 29)
Heavy fog blanketed Istanbul on Feb. 29 affecting transportation in the metropolis, including the cancelations of most ferry lines as well as disruptions in air traffic.
Many city ferry lines were canceled due to the fog, which began to show its effects early in the morning.
However, ferry lines bound for the Prince Islands and the Golden Horn continued without disruption.
Meanwhile, air traffic in Istanbul was affected by the fog for a short time. The visibility range was lowered at the city’s main Atatürk Airport and as well at Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Some charter flights were diverted to nearby provinces. www.hurriyetdaily...
Istanbul to deploy drones to watch for ships dumping waste in Bosporus Strait
Istanbul's Metropolitan Municipality said on Thursday, Feb. 04 that the city would deploy surveillance drones starting in March to prevent further pollution of the Bosporus Strait from ships.
The municipality's environmental pollution control department head, Mustafa Tahmaz, said there was already a mechanism that was recording and photographing the ships' actions as regards to the pollution they were causing in the strait, but the city would now also start to deploy drones for a more effective surveillance.
""When needed, we conduct an inspection via helicopter within the context of a program. Starting in March, we will also conduct inspections using drones."
The city imposed fines totaling TL 2.8 million [$1 million] last year on 90 ships --28 of which were Turkish-flagged-- that polluted the strait among a "standard level". According to Tahmaz, 55 thousand vessels pass through Bosporus on an annual basis. www.dailysabah.co...
Over 60 Turkey port calls canceled for Norwegian, Oceania and Regent Cruise Ships
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said it will cancel calls in Turkey for the rest of 2016.
The move affects 32 itineraries sailed by Norwegian Cruise Line, 17 for Oceania Cruises and 12 for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The lines go to five ports of call in Turkey, including Istanbul, where a suicide bomber killed 10 people, mostly tourists, on Jan. 12.
Guests will instead go to Greek ports of call, primarily Athens and Santorini, Norwegian CEO Frank Del Rio said.
“This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make, itinerary-wise, because Turkey is very near and dear to our hearts,” Del Rio said.
The decision was based on intelligence about possible terrorism over the past several months, as well as the Jan. 12 bombing, Del Rio said. For the safety and security of guests, “The correct course of action is not to call on Turkish ports in 2016.”
Other cruise lines have canceled calls in Turkey but on a much more limited scale. Crystal, for example, has scratched Turkish calls on two cruises this spring in favor of Greece. MSC Cruises said its MSC Magnifica ship won’t call in Turkey until further notice. www.travelweekly....
Turkey’s Bosporus Strait closed to tankers due to snow (on Monday)
The Bosporus Strait was closed to tankers Monday afternoon (Jan. 18, 2016) due to heavy snow in the region, local port agents said.
“Authorities have notified [us] that the Bosporus traffic has been closed on January 18 at [4.06 pm local time] due to heavy snowfall,” Boutros Maritime and Transport said.
According to local agents, there were seven tankers due to pass through the Bosporus in a northbound direction Monday, and 13 due to pass through going South.
The Bosporus and the Dardanelles together form the only commercially navigable transit route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.
Turkey withholds 27 Russian ships for failing to meet sailing criteria
As Russia withheld eight Turkish ships at a port from travel since the jet downing incident on November 24, Turkey has tightened its inspections on Russian ships in response and so far withheld 27 Russian ships due to failure of meeting sailing criteria. According to the article of Turkish daily Habertürk based on shipping officials in Ankara, the number of Turkish ships withheld by Russia has reached eight this week.
Turkey, using the principle of reciprocity, tightened the inspections in Turkish ports in line with the Mediterranean and Black Sea memorandums. So far, 27 ships have been withheld from sailing as they failed to meet the criteria set by these memorandums. Following these incidents, Turkish and Russian authorities contacted each other through e-mail, with the Russian side giving the green light for a meeting to overcome the crisis, although how and when the parties will meet is not clear.
The withheld Russian ships were described as usually old vessels.
Source: Daily Saba
Bosporus strait on Wednesday shut to large tankers on weather
The Bosporus Strait is closed to large tankers due to strong currents, shipping agents said Wednesday.
Mastership Maritime Agency said traffic was suspended on at 8:54 pm local time (1854 GMT) due to a strong surface current in the Strait and that the suspension would continue for the whole of Wednesday for tankers with a length of over 200 meters but that smaller tankers would be able to resume using the Bosporus from 9:20 am local time on Wednesday.
A second shipping agent — Boutros Maritime and Transport — said the Bosporus Strait has been closed to tankers over 200 meters since Tuesday night due to the current.
According to both shipping agents, there are 11 tankers waiting to pass through the Bosporus in a Northbound direction, and nine waiting in the Southbound direction. Source: Platts