Bulk carrier KSL Sydney had to interrupt Dardanelles transit, Master disobeyed Pilot
Bulk carrier KSL Sydney in full load suffered mechanical problem while entering Dardanelles in northern direction on July 22 at around 1608 LT with pilot on board. It is understood, that the vessel was still under power and capable of sailing, though with restricted speed. Pilot demanded, that the vessel should interrupt voyage and move to anchorage to fix the problem. Master rejected and kept on sailing. Traffic control center had to interfere and ordered Master to turn back to Karanlik Liman anchorage, when vessel was approaching narrowest part of the strait in area of Canakkale. Bulk carrier turned back and at 1842 LT anchored in Karanlik area, most probably by own means. At 0300 UTC July 23 vessel was in the same position at anchor in Karanlik. There was quite a story in Turkish media about this incident, accentuating on Master’s will to continue sailing and rejection to obey to pilot. Probably there will be some kind of investigation and negative consequences for the Captain.
KSL Sydney is en route from Puerto Bolivar Colombia to Zonguldak Turkey with cargo of coal.