Liner Celestyal Crystal collided with tanker STI Pimlico, injures, damages and leak, Dardanelles - Update
According to latest news, no injures, at least serious, on board of cruise liner. Tanker loaded with nafta suffered hole or holes in ballast tanks area with ensuing water ingress, list up to 15 degrees. It is said, that there is no cargo leak.
Cruise liner Celestyal Crystal collided with product tanker STI Pimlico at 0125LT June 27 at the northern entrance of Dardanelles Strait in front of Gallipoli lighthouse. Tanker in load was en route from Tuapse Russia to Malta, cruise liner with 853 passengers and 382 crew was en route from Mykonos Greece to Istanbul. Both vessels were severely damaged, damages of cruise liner can be seen on photo. Tanker suffered breached tank or tanks, leak reported. Both vessels were anchored off Gallipoli, reportedly there are injured passengers on board of a liner. It is understood, that the collision was caused by command errors on both ships, Control Traffic Center was warning them about collision danger.
Cruise liner Celestyal Crystal, IMO 7827213, gt 25611, built 1980, flag Malta, manager Celestyal Cruises Cyprus, capacity 1409 passengers.