On January 10, the 140 meter long, 6407 dwt tanker Glard 2 collided with the 138 gt fishing vessel Dursun Ali Coşkun in the Black Sea some 5 miles off the coast of Kilyos, Turkey. The Glard 2 was headed to Izmir from Rostov-on-Don in heavy fog when it struck the fishing vessel. The Dursun Ali Coşkun quickly filled with water and sank within minutes. Three of the 6 crew on board the Dursun Ali Coşkun were later rescued from the water. The survivors were taken ashore and transported to hospital for treatment.
The Turkish Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation to look for the remaining three men. The Coast Guard dispatched multiple lifeboats, patrol boats and helicopters to the scene. Nearby fishing boats assisted in the operation. By the next day, the Coast Guard had recovered the bodies of the missing men. Reports state the men may have been trapped in the cabin on the Dursun Ali Coşkun and were not able escape before the fishing vessel sank.
Reports state the Glard 2 proceeded to an anchorage near the entrance to the Istanbul Strait. No reports of injuries or pollution released from the tanker. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On December 25, 2019, the 90 meter long, 3700 dwt dry cargo vessel Nevado 35 ran aground off Tekirdağ, Turkey. The Nevado 35 had suffered rudder failure and veered toward the shoreline before running aground just 35 meters off the coast. The cargo vessel remained aground for 2 days after several failed attempts to refloat itself. The vessel then requested help with a tug dispatched to the scene. Weather prevented the Nevado 35 to be pulled free. For another week, the Nevado 35 remained stuck off the shoreline. A lighter vessel was requested and some 3000 tons of sunflower meal was offloaded from the Nevado 35. By January 5, the Nevado 35 had been refloated and moored off Tekirdağ to be surveyed. No reports of injuries to the 11 crew on board.
The 131 meter long cargo vessel Wardeh ran aground in the Mediterranean Sea near Mersin, Turkey. The Wardeh had been at anchor with just two watchmen on board when it was struck by a severe storm. The vessel’s anchors failed to hold and the Wardeh was driven aground just 500 meters off the shoreline. Strong winds and large waves broke over her decks allowing water ingress. With no power and the lower decks flooded, the Wardeh developed a heavy list to starboard. Authorities were alerted, but were unable to take any actions until conditions improved.
On the following morning, the Coast Guard helicopter to the scene and hoisted both watchmen to safety. Both were taken to hospital, but no reports of injuries.
Reports state the Wardeh had not been in operation for almost a year and had several prior deficiencies when inspected in 2016 and 2017. Divers are expected to inspect the hull for damages and authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.