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.
The 173 meter long freighter Marquise became disabled off Yeniköy, Turkey. The freighter was en route to Piräus from Yuzhny with 25,667 tons of wheat when it lost power and went adrift. The Turkish Coast Guard dispatched a lifeboat and two tugs to the scene. The Marquise was taken under town and safely moored at Beykoz Bay. No reports of injuries to the 23 crew on board. No damage or pollution released.
The 107 meter long, 3353 dwt freighter Yukka caught fire in the Black Sea near Cide, Turkey. The Yukka was headed to Rostov-on-Don, Russia from Instanbul with a cargo of feldspar when a fire started from an electrical short in the crew’s cabin. The flames quickly engulfed the cabins as the crew struggled to get the fire under control. The Yukka contacted the Turkish Coast Guard who dispatched a rescue boat to the scene. The rescue boat evacuated the 13 persons on board the Yukka and taken to Inebolu. Two officers were slightly injured in the fire and were taken to hospital. The Coast Guard has alerted other vessels that the Yukka remains adrift. The fate of the Yukka is unknown as conflicting reports state that the fire was brought under control while others state the vessel remains on fire.