Cargo ship IKRA salvage Update, Turkey
General cargo vessel IKRA reported water ingress in engine room, and danger of sinking, at 1550 LT Aug 18, shortly after leaving Iskenderun with cargo of 3230 tons of steel. Tug EKINCILIER PORT (IMO 9777503) was sent to distressed vessel, reportedly IKRA was towed to shallow waters and grounded, to avoid sinking. After water ingress was taken under control and vessel was not in danger of sinking, she was towed back to Iskenderun and berthed, with the help of two port tugs. As of 0500 UTC Aug 20, IKRA was in the same position, berthed at Iskenderun.
Sinking Turkish freighter rescued, Mediterranean
General cargo vessel IKRA reported water ingress in engine room, and danger of sinking, at around 1200 UTC Aug 18, soon after leaving Iskenderun, eastern Mediterranean. 10 crew were evacuated by Turkish Coast Guard. Vessel was salvaged, towed back to Iskenderun and berthed at around 1900 UTC same day. As of 0600 UTC Aug 19, she remained berthed at Iskenderun. Vessel loaded with general cargo was bound for Antalya.