Ukrainian freighter collided with fishing vessel north of Istanbul, Black sea

General cargo ship VECTIS ISLE collided with fishing vessel at around 0250 UTC Mar 25 (according to track), 5 nm north of Kumkoy, northwest Istanbul, Black sea. No information yet on fishing vessel status, condition, damages. VECTIS ISLE remained under way, she was slowly moving in Kumkoy Anchorage area, most probably to be anchored for inspection and investigation, escorted by tugs and SAR boats. VECTIS ISLE is en route from Bulgaria to Greece, she’s to transit the Turkish Straits. She suvvered portside damages in superstructure area.
General cargo ship VECTIS ISLE, IMO 8903040, dwt 3222, built 1990, flag Comoros, manager SOUTH RIVER SHIPPING CO LTD, Ukraine (EQUASIS).



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