Nov 28 UPDATE: Both vessels suffered serious damages, as can be seen on photos. SIDER CAPRI bow struck GRANDE ANVERSA in stern area, both vessels were warned by Traffic Control Center on dangerous courses and close approach. Both vessel s remain anchored at Karanlik, though AIS signal from SIDER CAPRI is still missing.

Car carrier GRANDE ANVERSA collided with general cargo vessel SIDER CAPRI at around 1900 LT Nov 27 at southern entrance Dardanelles, while proceeding in opposite directions. GRANDE ANVERSA is en route from Valencia Spain to Autoport Izmit, Maramara Sea; SIDER CAPRI is en route from Black sea, Constanta, Romania, to Larnaca, Cyprus. Both vessels were brought to anchor at Karanlık, Kumkale anchorage, southern Dardanelles, escorted or towed by tugs, for survey and investigation. GRANDE ANVERSA reported no damages, but it’s to be checked. As of 0300 UTC Nov 28, both vessels were at the same position, though there’s no AIS signal from SIDER CAPRI after collision.

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