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

Bulk Carrier BENITAMOU heading to SUEZ CANAL, EG with reported Estimated Time of Arrival at 2021-10-26 20:00 LT (UTC +3) local time (in 2 days, 3 hours )

Capesize bulk carrier BENITAMOU and general cargo ship BC VANESSA collided in Marmara sea halfway between Sarkozy, 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 midship section 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. The situation with BENITAMOU is probably, much more serious – the ship is either dead in the water or anchored south of the collision site, with at least two tugs and salvage vessel around. BENITAMOU with a cargo of iron ore was en route from Yuzhny Ukraine to China, BC VANESSA was en route from Varna Bulgaria to Tunis, cargo unknown.

Bulk Carrier BENITAMOU is currently located at BSEA – Marmara Sea at position 40° 27′ 50.58″ N, 26° 56′ 43.44″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2021-10-24 12:18 UTC (51 minutes ago) Marine Traffic reported
Added the report: The wind in this area at that time blows from the Northeast direction at force 5 Beaufort.

heading to SUEZ CANAL, EG with reported Estimated Time of Arrival at 2021-10-26 20:00 LT (UTC +3) local time (in 2 days, 3 hours )

BENITAMOU (IMO: 9439046) is a Bulk Carrier that was built in 2008 (13 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Panama.
Its carrying capacity is 206291 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 18.4 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 299.94 meters and her width is 50 meters.

While The current position of BC VANESSA is at Marmara Sea (coordinates 40.90391 N / 28.75985 E) reported 18 hours ago by AIS. The vessel is en route to TUNISIA, sailing at a speed of 12.1 knots, and is expected to arrive there on Oct 27, 00:00.

BC VANESSA photo

The vessel BC VANESSA (IMO: 9426855, MMSI 314531000) is a General Cargo Ship built in 2010 (11 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of Barbados.

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