Zeaborn Ship Management Official Statement:
Hamburg, September 25, 2020 – Managers Zeaborn Ship Management report that contrary to earlier reports its managed container vessel E.R. Bayonne did not suffer from a main engine failure whilst sailing through the Bosporus Strait on September 23.
Managers would like to emphasize E.R. Bayonne reduced speed during the transit due to adverse currents with Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) requesting a second tug for assistance. Consequently the vessel was requested to proceed to anchorage not being allowed to proceed voyage as a result of an alleged main engine problem.
Meanwhile a Class surveyor has attended the vessel and issued a certificate confirming the vessel is fully operational with main engines, propulsion system, steering and navigational equipment all tested and working in good order.
E.R Bayonne remains stationary at the northern entrance of Istanbul Strait awaiting clearance from authorities to continue its voyage.
Capesize bulk carrier E R BAYONNE suffered mechanical failure while transiting Bosphorus Strait in northern direction, in front of Kanlica, Beykoz, Istanbul, at around 0820 UTC Sep 23. Disabled ship was taken under control by several tugs, completed transit and was anchored at Istanbul outer anchorage in Black sea. The ship is en route from Norway to understood, Eregli, Turkey, Black sea. As of 1400 UTC, the ship remained at anchor.
Bulk carrier E R BAYONNE, IMO 9507520, dwt 178978, built 2010, flag Liberia, manager ZEABORN SHIP MANAGEMENT, Germany (EQUASIS).