Bulk carriers collided off Istanbul
Bulk carriers LONG CHEER and INCE KASTAMONU collided at around 0230 UTC Aug 5 in Marmara sea some 15 nm south of Bosphorus entrance. Turkish bulk carrier was en route from Sudan to Romania, Black sea, Chinese bulk carrier was en route from Rouen France to Eregli – Istanbul. No leak reported, but extent of damages is unknown. Both vessels were brought to anchor after collision. As of 1500 UTC Aug 8, LONG CHEER was still at anchor, INCE KASTAMONU left anchorage in the afternoon Aug 8, destination Yalova Turkey, probably in need of repairs.