Capesize bulk carrier and cargo ship collided in Marmara sea, both heavily damaged

Capesize bulk carrier BENITAMOU and general cargo ship BC VANESSA collided in Marmara sea halfway between Sarkoy, Tekirdag, and Gelibolu, Canakkale, at 0310 UTC Oct 24, both ships proceeding to Dardanelles, in full load, in dense fog. BC VANESSA struck BENITAMOU portside in midshipsection area, inflicting heavy damages to both ships. BENITAMOU hull suffered a huge breach, with ensuing water ingress. BC VANESSA bow and forecastle are heavily damaged. BC VANESSA moved to Sevketiye anchorage and was anchored, understood she’s in no immediate danger. Situation with BENITAMOU is probably, much more serious – the ship is either dead in the water or anchored south of collision site, with at least two tugs and salvage vessel around. BENITAMOU with cargo of iron ore was en route from Yuzhny Ukraine to China, BC VANESSA was en route from Varna Bulgaria to Tunis, cargo unknown.
General cargo ship BC VANESSA, IMO 9426855, dwt 31755, built 2010, flag Barbados, manager FGM CHARTERING LTD, Greece.
Bulk carrier BENITAMOU, IMO 9439046, dwt 206291, built 2008, flag Panama, manager DOUN KISEN CO LTD.

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