Turkish Cargo Ship Sinks in Black Sea, 10 Missing

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Turkish Cargo Ship Sinks in Black Sea, 10 Missing

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MV Bilal Bal. File Photo: Tahsin Mete / MarineTraffic

ReutersISTANBUL, Nov 1 (Reuters) – A Turkish cargo ship with 10 crew on board sank in the Black Sea near the Asian side of Istanbul early on Wednesday morning, according to the coast guard.

The cause was still unclear. The ship, Bilal Bal, was carrying cast iron from Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa to the northern province of Zonguldak, the Dogan news agency reported.

“Unfortunately, one of our cargo ships sank in … the Black Sea,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. Search and rescue operations were continuing, he said.

Three boats, one helicopter and one plane belonging to the coast guard were conducting search and rescue operations, according the coast guard. Empty lifeboats had been found as well as some life jackets, the coast guard said.

Five boats more were deployed to aid in the operations, as well as a remotely operated underwater vehicle from the Turkish naval forces, it said.

(Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Daren Butler and Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans and David Dolan, Larry King)

(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017.

November 1, 2017 at 05:36PM

VIDEO: Maersk ship at center of massive NZ cocaine bust – Marine Log

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VIDEO: Maersk ship at center of massive NZ cocaine bust
Marine Log
NOVEMBER 1, 2017 — ​A five-month New Zealand Customs and Police investigation has led to the arrest of four foreign nationals after an estimated 46 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of around NZ$20 million (about US$14 million), was seized
$20 million cocaine delivered to Tauranga by container shipMaritime Bulletin (press release)

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November 1, 2017 at 04:53PM

‘Glory Amsterdam’ freighter may remain stuck on German sandbar until Friday – euronews

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Glory Amsterdam‘ freighter may remain stuck on German sandbar until Friday
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BERLIN (Reuters) – It may take until Friday to free the grounded freighter “Glory Amsterdam” from a sand bar near the North Sea island of Langeoog, German authorities said on Wednesday, but no holes or cracks are evident in the ship’s hull to trigger

November 1, 2017 at 11:49AM

$20 million cocaine delivered to Tauranga by container ship – Maritime Bulletin (press release)

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Maritime Bulletin (press release)

$20 million cocaine delivered to Tauranga by container ship
Maritime Bulletin (press release)
Four persons were arrested in Tauranga NZ after they took a shipment of cocaine from hidden compartment on the exterior of the hull at night Oct 31, say NZ media. Customs and Police investigated drug criminal ring for 5 months, and were expecting this …
$20m of cocaine seized in Tauranga by police and customsStuff.co.nz

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November 1, 2017 at 06:55AM

Training – the hidden cost of environmental regulation – ShipInsight (blog)

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Training – the hidden cost of environmental regulation
ShipInsight (blog)
Last week in our comment on the Muros grounding caused by incorrect use of ECDIS, ShipInsight highlighted that the UK MAIB has investigated several incidents involving a similar lack of familiarity with the ECDIS equipment. All of the events occurred

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