Traffic on Bosphorus Restored After Blocking Tanker Was Towed Away, Turkish Coast Guard Says

Bosphorus Bridge  - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.05.2021
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Earlier Friday, it was reported that RAVA, a 249-meter (817-foot) crude oil tanker, triggered a gridlock in Turkey's Bosphorus Strait after veering off course. The vessel is said to have suffered a steering gear failure.

Authorities successfully restored traffic in both directions on Bosphorus after towing the crude oil tanker, a Turkish Coast Guard source told Sputnik late Friday night. 

"The tanker was towed from the Bosphorus and delivered to an anchorage," the directorate said. "Movement on the Bosphorus is reopened."

Coast Guard personnel previously suspended travel while tug boats attended to the tanker.

Local reports detailed that RAVA was stopped some 300 meters (984 feet) from the coast of Istanbul's Yeniköy district. 

No injuries have been reported in connection with the incident. 

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