On April 7, Bulk carrier VITASPIRIT was en route from Kerch Strait to Egypt.
VITASPIRIT suffered serious steering failure while transiting Bosphorus, Istanbul.
The ship went out of control and ran onto an historic waterfront mansion in the Anadolu Hisarı area, eastern Bosphorus.
This not only damaged the bulk carrier but also inflicted serious loss to the historic building.
Bulk carrier dropped anchor after being disabled, and reportedly anchor dragged power cable.
Anchor was freed after which bulk carrier resumed moving.
It was escorted by 3-4 tugs and SAR boats, seemingly under own power.
It was said that the ship sustained slight damages, as of 1600 UTC VITASPIRIT was already in Marmara sea and most probably she’ll be anchored for survey and investigation.
AIS track didn’t show port of departure, looks like VITASPIRIT was loading or offloading cargo at Kerch Strait Anchorage, cargo was originated or destined for, Crimea.
Bulk carrier VITASPIRIT, IMO 9231377, dwt 74269, built 2001, flag Malta, manager VITA MANAGEMENT SA, Greece.
SOURCE: Maritime Bulletin