Bulk carrier collided with general cargo ship in Marmara sea, both damaged

Bulk carrier PERSENK and general cargo ship AHMET CAN reportedly collided in Marmara sea, at around 1030 UTC May 18, in area between Marmara island and port of Tekirdag. Both ships were heading to Dardanelles, both reported damaged. PERSENK immediately after collision turned to Tekordag and anchored at around 1230 UTC, sailing either at reduced speed or under tow. AHMET CAN took to stb and headed for Hoskoy, where she made a sharp turn and headed for, seemingly, Tekirdag anchorage, also proceeding at reduced speed.
PERSENK is en route from Istanbul to Ashdod, AHMET CAN is en route from Istanbul to Izmir.
Bulk carrier PERSENK, IMO 9578995, dwt 30361, built 2010, flag Malta, manager NAVIGATION MARITIME BULGARE, Bulgaria (EQUASIS).
General cargo ship AHMET CAN, IMO 9368182, dwt 3346, built 2006, flag Panama, manager SAFIR GEMI TASIMACILIK SANAYI, Turkey.



Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.