One of the busiest roads in the world was closed to traffic after a container ship lost control and collided with the coast near a landmark in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Liberian-flagged Songa Iridium ran aground in broad daylight about 25 minutes after entering the Bosphorus Strait, Hurriyet said, citing local officials. The ship collided with a bollard next to Asiyan Asri Cemetery and the historic Rumeli Castle, a popular landmark.
Videos of the scene show the ship slowly moving towards the shore before colliding with it.
Rescue boats were dispatched, along with the Coast Guard and Marine Police. Three ships crossing the strait after Songa Iridium were able to cross safely, after which all traffic on the waterway was suspended.
According to the MarineTraffic.com vessel tracking site, the rugged vessel has a gross tonnage of 23,633 tons and a length of 191 meters (626.64 feet). He was traveling from the Ukrainian port city of Odessa to the Ambarli port of Istanbul.
Turkish authorities said the ship had 19 crew members and no one was injured during the incident. It was also stated that the ship reported engine failure shortly before the collision.
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