Bosphorus traffic restored after stoppage due to grounded vessel from Ukraine

In the Bosphorus Strait, where a dry cargo ship from Ukraine ran aground in the morning on January 16, the movement of vessels has been restored. This was reported by the General Directorate of the Turkish Coast Guard in Twitter.

“The vessel has been taken off the shoal. Navigation in the strait has been restored,” the statement said.

On the morning of January 16, the agency reported that the 142-meter-long dry cargo ship MKK-1, which was heading to Istanbul from Ukraine, ran aground in the area of Umurieri. After that vessel movement in the Strait was closed in both directions. Rescue tugs were sent to the grounded vessel.

The Bosporus and Dardanelles, along with the Sea of Marmara, connect the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. They are the only route from the Black Sea to the ocean. Both shores of the straits are controlled by Turkey.