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.
On February 7. the 130 meter long, 7697 dwt tanker Aster Alvar ran aground off the Çınarcık beach in the Sea of Marmara. The Aster Alvar was underway in the Sea of Marmara when it suffered engine failure. Without power, the tanker was pushed by strong winds until it ran aground just short of the shoreline.
Authorities were alerted and dispatched two tugs to the scene. The tugs were able to refloat the Aster Alvar and took the tanker under tow to a nearby shipyard. The Aster Alvar was later inspected for damage. Reports state no injuries, damage or pollution released.
On January 30, the 68 meter long, 3028 dwt cargo vessel Mustafa Kemal 1 ran aground near Ömeiş beach in Hatay, Turkey. The Mustafa Kemal 1 had been moored offshore waiting to load a cargo of iron. A strong storm in the area caused the vessel’s anchors to drag and the Mustafa Kemal 1 went ashore. The 10 crew on board were rescued by a nearby tugboat. No reports of injuries.
The storm prevented any attempts to refloat the Mustafa Kemal 1. Reports state authorities are waiting for improved conditions before a tug will refloat the Mustafa Kemal 1 and towed it to a nearby port. No reports of damage or pollution released.