Video: Freighter Breaks Up Near Entrance to Bosporus

By The Maritime Executive 08-28-2017 04:57:09

[Brief] Over the weekend, the 1975-built general cargo ship Leonardo buckled amidships and broke up at an anchorage near Kumköy, west of the Black Sea entrance to the Bosporus. A rescue tug intentionally grounded the stern section of the vessel on a rocky peninsula, according to local media. 

The Leonardo was empty and had anchored up to await a transit south to a shipyard in Tuzla, according to Turkey's General Directorate of Coastal Safety. The Mongolian-flagged ship was due for repairs: last month, Russian authorities detained her in Rostov for six days due to "hull damage impairing seaworthiness," with unspecified areas "broken/holed."

Eight rescue vessels responded to the scene and evacuated her 11 crew. They were brought to shore and taken to a hospital for evaluation.