Turkish TINAZTEPE S sank off Misrata, 8 crew missing

Turkish 13-crew general cargo vessel TINAZTEPE S sank on Musrata Anchorage, Libya, in the afternoon Mar 16, being caught in rough weather. Vessel was anchored on anchorage, awaiting the berth to offload cargo of construction materials. No details on sinking circumstances. Turkish sources said vessel just started to leak, being too old for a strong storm. It’s not known yet, whether vessel heaved anchor or sank while anchored. According to different sources, either eight or seven crew went missing, five or six were rescued. Number of casualties points at capsizing, most probably due to cargo shift.

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