Cargo ship hits Bosporus shore in Istanbul, traffic not affected

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-27 19:40:40|Editor: xuxin
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ISTANBUL, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- No casualties were reported after a Liberia-flagged cargo ship hit the shore of the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul on Friday and the traffic was not disrupted either, the authorities said.

The incident occurred near the Rumeli Hisari neighborhood on the European side of the city after the ship named Songa Iridium signalled a machine failure, the Istanbul governor's office said in a written statement.

"The rescue started with tag boats and no marine or environmental pollution was detected," said the statement.

Following the accident, three vessels have safely passed through the Bosporus, but one tanker was anchored with its passage suspended, the statement added.

The traffic on the strait would not be disrupted with the incident, the NTV broadcaster said, citing the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.

The 30-km-long Bosporus flowing between the Asian and European parts of Istanbul is among the busiest waterways in the world with a high volume of transit vessels.