Volgo Don 203
On December 3, the 138 meter long, 5859 dwt cargo vessel Volgo Don 203 ran aground and partially sank in the Sea of Marmara near Kartal, Turkey. The cargo vessel was caught in a storm while passing through the Istanbul channel and was pushed up on the channel embankment. The Volgo Don 203 sustained several hull breaches near the stern resulting in water ingress. The engine room completely flooded causing the vessel to partially sink. All 14 crew on board were able to be evacuated by local authorities. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the Volgo Don 203 will be salvaged.