Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Crew Rescued After Mongolian Flagged Vessel Splits in Two

Ship Heading for Repairs When Disaster Struck
Shipping News Feature
TURKEY – The eleven crewmembers of the 144 metre long general cargo vessel, Leonardo have been rescued after the vessel started buckling before eventually breaking in two, during the evening of August 27, while at anchor off Istanbul’s Kilyos coast in the Black sea. En route from Rostov-on-Don, Russia to Tuzla, Turkey, the Mongolian-flagged vessel was built in 1975 and was reportedly on her way to the Tuzla dockyard for repairs.

The Leonardo had apparently recently been detained in Russia for unseaworthiness, and was due for repair in Turkey. After she split in two, the stern section of the ship was intentionally grounded on a rocky peninsular by a rescue tug, whilst the other half remained in the water and gradually sunk.

Photo: courtesy of Kaptain Haber