On January 2, the 200 meter long, 63301 dwt bulk carrier Madison Eagle became disabled on the Marmara Sea while heading for Tuzla from Iskenderun. The vessel had suffered a mechanical failure and the crew was unable to restore propulsion. Authorities dispatched the tugboat KEGM Kurtarma-3 to the scene and took the Madison Eagle under tow. The vessels proceeded to an anchorage off Tuzla, Turkey. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 79 meter long cargo vessel Bilal Bal ran aground in the Sea of Marmara off Büyükada Island, Turkey. The Bilal Bal was doing a maneuver when it ran aground. A tugboat was dispatched to the scene and was able to refloat the cargo vessel 5 hours later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 80 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Saraylar collided with the 107 meter long, 5484 dwt cargo vessel Tiwala on the Marmara Sea near Marmara Island, Turkey. The Tiwala was headed to Varna from Ceuta when it was struck by the Saraylar which was en route to Tekirdag from Bandirma with 25 vehicles. The ferry sustained a dent in the starboard bow and several vehicles on board were damaged. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Saraylar proceeded to Tekirdag where it unloaded passengers and vehicles. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.