Posted on January 04, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Togo-flagged dry cargo vessel, MARK, caught on fire while anchored at Pendik, near Istanbul’s southern coast, at approximately 6:20 am local time (GMT 0320) in the morning of January the 4th.
The ship had been sailing from Beirut, Lebanon and was anchored in the Marmara Sea, near Istanbul’s Pendik district, at the time of the incident.
The fire, which originated in the ship’s living quarters, quickly grew out of control and the crew were forced to evacuate the vessel.
Local authorities were notified of the fire and proceeded to send tugs and firefighting crews to the scene.
The crew, 10 Syrian, 3 Indian, and 2 Egyptian nationals, were all successfully rescued and were taken to a nearby shelter.
According to Turkey’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the crew were all in good health, having suffered no major injuries.
The fire was finally put under control at approximately 08:30 am local time (GMT 0530).
Despite the heavy damage, there was no reported oil leak in the area.