Vessel traffic was restored in the Bosporus Strait after the removal of a dry cargo ship with Ukrainian grain from the shallows. This was announced on Friday, August 2, by the press service of the Turkish Coast Guard.
“The strait is open for vessel traffic,” the service said on Twitter.
On the evening of September 1, it was reported that the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey was closed for navigation due to the fact that the 173-meter cargo ship Lady Zehma, heading from Ukraine to Istanbul, ran aground. Five tugboats and two boats were sent to the scene.
The Turkish Coast Guard specified that the incident occurred due to a rudder failure while sailing. According to the authorities, there were no casualties as a result of the incident.
The towing of the dry cargo ship began on the night of September 2. It was noted that the vessel was being transported in the direction of the Akhirkapı area, where it would anchor for repairs.
Specialists assessed the damage, but there is no official information on this matter yet.
A vessel with grain chartered by the UN World Food Program (WFP) departed from the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny in the Odessa region earlier, on August 30.
As the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on August 26, the geography of the movement of ships that departed from the Black Sea ports of Ukraine does not correspond to the tasks of the UN in helping the needy countries of Africa and Asia. So, Turkey received 16 ships, Italy – four, South Korea – three, at the same time – two to Romania, China, Egypt, Israel, the Netherlands, and Ireland, Iran, Greece, Libya, Germany – one.