Ukrainian freighter stranded in the Bosphorus Strait, traffic interrupted

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A cargo ship heading from Ukraine to Turkey ran aground in the Bosphorus Strait on Monday and traffic was halted but no damage was reported, shipping agency Tribeca said.

Several tugs were sent to assist the ship, the coast guard said.

The MKK 1 freighter, flying the flag of the Palau archipelago, according to the Tribeca agency, ran aground early Monday in Acarburnu, at the northern end of the strait, while heading south.

The vessel is carrying 13,000 tonnes of peas, and no damage or spillage of cargo was found.

The Joint Coordination Center in Istanbul, which manages grain exchange operations in the Black Sea under the aegis of the United Nations, said this weekend that the ship was heading for the Turkish Mediterranean port of Mersin, from the Ukrainian port of Pivdenny.

(Report Yoruk Isik, written by Daren Butler; French version Kate Entringer)

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