General cargo ship grounding, Dardanelles

General cargo ship GELIBOLU ran aground at around 0730 UTC Mar 27 off Kumkale, when about to enter Dardanelles from Aegean sea, en route from Iskenderun to Burgas. Dardanelles Traffic Control responded, sending tug. The ship was refloated at around 1040 UTC, and moved to Akcansa anchorage, south of Kumkale.
General cargo ship GELIBOLU, IMO 8611996, dwt 1550, built 1986, flag Togo, manager GELIBOLU SHIPPING & MANAGEMENT, Istanbul.



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