During the early morning hours of March 10, the 110 meter long, 5586 dwt cargo vessel Ibrahim Simsek collided with the 222 meter long, 37938 dwt container ship Stadt Dresden in Izmit Bay, Sea of Marmara near Darica, Turkey. The Ibrahim Simsek struck along the port side of the stern of the Stadt Dresden. The Stadt Dresden suffered a gash in the hull above the waterline while the Ibrahim Simsek had significant bow damage and lost an anchor. No reports of injuries.
Both vessels dropped anchor near the collision site. Turkish authorities were alerted and dispatched a team to the scene. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 27, the 72 meter long cargo vessel Dede and the 88 meter long, 3735 dwt cargo vessel Clavigo ran aground in the Sea of Marmara off Tuzla, Turkey. The Clavigo had been at anchor when a storm with strong winds struck the area. The Clavigo‘s anchor to drag and the cargo vessel drifted towards shore when it struck the anchored Dede breaking its mooring. Both vessel drifted until they crashed against a breakwater near Tuzla.
The Dede, severely damaged by the allision, partially capsized on its starboard side suffering water ingress in the cargo holds. Its hull has multiple large gashes. The Clavigo sustained some hull damage with it a list on its starboard side. Both crews were safely rescued. No reports of injuries the 13 person on board.
Authorities state some pollution has been released by both vessels. Reports state fuel tanks have been ruptured when the cargo vessels ran aground. The Dede may not be salvaged, but scrapped on site whereas the Clavigo will be recovered.
The 74 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Aydın Kaptan 2 ran aground in the Dardanelles off Çardak, Turkey. The Aydın Kaptan 2 had left the dock with 30 passengers and 10 vehicles bound for Gallipoli. The ferry only traveled some 10 meters from the pier when it stranded on a sandbar. Local authorities dispatched a lifeboat to the scene and found the ferry undamaged. Four passengers were evacuated and taken back to port. The rest of the passengers remained on board until the Aydın Kaptan 2. The tug, Arab Kamil, pulled the Aydın Kaptan 2 off the sandbar several hours later. Both vessels proceeded back to Çardak. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.