Ship sinking after collision in Bosphorus: agent

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 8:39 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A cargo ship involved in a collision in Turkey's Bosphorus strait on Friday was in danger of sinking, shipping agency GAC said.

"The situation on M/V Kayan I is getting critical minute by minute, and there was a rescue operation for the crew," GAC said in a e-mailed note. "The vessel is still taking water, and there is high risk of her sinking."

The M/V Kayan I, a 5,644 deadweight tonne (dwt) Sierra Leone-flagged general cargo vessel, collided with the M/V Adriablue cargo ship in the southern part of the Bosphorus. It was taking on water in its stern and had been towed to a secure position.

GAC said earlier on Friday both the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits were currently open to shipping traffic.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Jonathan Saul, editing by Jane Baird)