Cargo Ship Collides Into Istanbul Coast, Closing the Bosphorus Strait

Wire Service
By Wire Service
December 27, 2019Worldshare

A cargo ship collided into the coast of Istanbul on Friday, Dec. 27, forcing Turkish officials to temporarily suspend traffic through the Bosphorus strait.

One video filmed by an eyewitness showed the moment the Liberian-flagged Songa Iridium slowly hit the shoreline near Rumelihisari, an iconic Ottoman fortress on the European shore of the Bosphorus strait.

There were no casualties, the Istanbul governorship said in a statement, adding that there had been no reports of “sea or environmental pollution.”

“Songra Iridium, with 19 crew and a guiding pilot captain, sent out a signal of mechanical failure at 12:00 (4:00 a.m. ET) and hit the shore near the Rumelihisar district at 12:13 (4:13 a.m. ET),” the statement said.

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View of the Liberian-flagged cargo ship “Songa Iridum” which has run aground in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait in Turkey on Dec. 27, 2019. (Ekin Kilkil via Reuters)
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View of the Liberian-flagged cargo ship “Songa Iridum” which has run aground in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait in Turkey on Dec. 27, 2019. (Emre Keskinkurt via Reuters)

According to the governor’s office, the coast guard, police and search and rescue teams were sent to the area after the collision.

Songa Iridium was heading from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, according to Tribeca Shipping Agency.

Reuters reported that accidents are rare in the Bosphorus strait, which is one of the busiest shipping arteries in the world.

Video: Two Cruise Ships Collide in Mexico

The Carnival Glory and Carnival Legend collided Friday morning, Dec. 20, while at a port in Cozumel, Mexico, leaving one passenger injured.

Eyewitness video of the aftermath shows a portion of the Carnival Glory’s deck was left crushed after the crash.


Carnival describes the incident as an allision between the two ships. An allision is a nautical term used to describe when a moving ship collides with a stationary object, such as another ship.

Carnival Glory passenger Maddison Haynes told CNN an on-board announcement said high winds were a factor.

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The damage to Carnival Glory is seen after a collision with another cruise ship at Cozumel cruise port, Mexico on Dec. 20, 2019 in this image obtained from social media. (Courtesy of Mary Anne McKinley)

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