Bulker sailing from Ukraine to Egypt runs aground, Bosphorus

Photo credit: KEGM

Update: In its latest update Turkey’s KEGM said that the ship under its coordination, accompanied by rescue expert, and tugboats, was safely anchored in Ahırkapı.

Traffic was suspended in Turkey’s Bosporus strait on Tuesday after a bulk carrier had a machinery failure.

The Liberian-flagged bulk carrier Alexis was en route to Port Said, Egypt, from Ukraine, as it is reported by the Turkish Directorate General of Coastal Safety (KEGM).

“The Bosporus Strait ship traffic is temporarily suspended in both directions after a bulk carrier run aground,” said KEGM yesterday.

The Turkish Directorate General of Coastal Safety (KEGM) said on social media X on May 7 that the 229-meters-long ship named Alexis experienced machinery failure, and run aground while sailing from Ukraine to Egypt.

“Vessel traffic through the Bosporus has been temporarily suspended in both directions,” the statement said.

No pollution has been reported.

Four tugs, a fast rescue boat and divers have all been sent to the incident. KEGM’s emergency response ship also arrived in the region.

Source: Turkish Directorate General of Coastal Safety (KEGM)