Turkish ship that ran aground in Aegean Sea may cause ‘catastrophe’

Photo: Turkish ship that ran aground in Aegean Sea may cause ‘catastrophe’ / Turkey

A Turkish cargo ship that ran aground off the Greek island of Mykonos may lead to an "environmental catastrophe," officials have warned, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

The vessel, named the Yusuf Cepnioglu, had been anchored at a port in the western province of Izmir en route to Tunisia. It was abandoned by its crew after it ran into rocks off the coast of Mykonos and began taking in water on March 7. The ship was carrying 200 tons of fuel.

The container ship remains pinned to the rocks, coast guard authorities. There are concerns that strong winds and waves may cause some of its cargo to come loose and cause a spill near the island.

Responding to a distress call on March 8, a U.S. ship sent a search and rescue helicopter to the location where the vessel had run aground. The Bataan is in the Aegean Sea on a regular deployment in the 6th Fleet area of operations.

Officials said a joint operation to tow the ship to safety and ensure that there was no leakage was currently underway.

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