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Disabled tanker blocked Bosphorus traffic for some 1.5 hours

Product tanker USICHEM on Dec 21 encountered a mechanical problem while transiting Bosphorus in southern direction, while en route from Sulina Romania to Sevilla Spain, with a cargo of sunflower oil. The tanker had to anchor in an emergency in traffic lane, blocking traffic for about an hour and a half. She was disabled at around 0930 UTC, resumed moving under her own power at around 1100 UTC, and safely completed transit. She was anchored at Atakoy anchorage in Marmara sea, understood for inspection.

Oil/Chemical Tanker USICHEM is currently located at BSEA – Marmara Sea at position 40° 57′ 20.9″ N, 028° 52′ 38.8″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2021-12-21 19:04 UTC (3 minutes ago)
The wind in this area at that time blows from West direction at force 4 Beaufort.
The vessel is currently at port ISTANBUL ANCH, TR and her next destination is SEVILLA, ES
UNICHEM (IMO: 9344344) is an Oil/Chemical Tanker that was built in 2005 (16 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Malta.
Its carrying capacity is 7124 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 6.6 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 119.1 meters and her width is 16.9 meters.

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