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    No immediate reports of casualties have been made, according to CNN Turk.

    A cargo ship has collided with the shore in Istanbul's Bosphorus strait on Friday, Reuters has reported, citing CNN Turk broadcaster and a witness.

    No immediate reports of casualties were made, the broadcaster added.

    According to the Anadolu news agency, the collision was caused by the failure in the ship's mechanism. The incident prompted the local authorities to close the Bosphorous strait, the agency added, citing the Istanbul Governorate. 

    Reuters quoted the Refinitiv Eikon ship tracking as saying that the Liberian-flagged container ship Songa Iridium was heading for the port of Ambarli in Istanbul. According to CNN Turk, the ship was built in 2008. According to the Istanbul Governorate, the ship's crew comprised 19 members, and the vessel was controlled by the pilot when it was heading through the strait. 

    The first videos of the ship at the crash site have been shared online.

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