In the Sea of Marmara in Turkey, a Cypriot-owned merchant ship was wrecked on Wednesday night (1 February), close to where a Lebanese vessel went ashore only a month ago.
In the Sea of Marmara in Turkey, a Cypriot-owned merchant ship was wrecked on Wednesday night (1 February), close to where a Lebanese vessel went ashore only a month ago. Meanwhile, in the Athenian port of Piraeus, a ship destined for the breakers yard was destroyed by an explosion and fire on the same evening.
SYNOPSIS: The Bristol, operating out of Limessol in Cyprus was near the island of Marmara in the western Sea of Marmara when a fire broke out in its engine room.
The 1,094 ton ship was laden with timber and was enroute from the Soviet port of Novorotik to the Middle East. As the fire spread, its captain radioed for help the Soviet ship Frolowop an???wered. The 14 crew members of the Bristol were rescued.
But in the operation the Bristol was holed and when the Turkish rescue ship Alendar Two arrived, the Bristol was already sinking. She was towed close to the shore, but later overturned.
The incident occurred only a short distance from the scene of a wreck last month. The Lebanese ship Rabunion crashed onto rocks near the island. The crew and live cargo of 114 cows and 409-sheep were rescued. It is not known when salvage operations on the two ships will being.
The Greek-owned former cruise liner Queen Frederica was extensively damaged by fire in the harbour of Eleusis, Piraeus, Athens in Greece on Wednesday night.
The 16,435 ton liner was due to go to the breakers yard. She had been laid up and out of service since 1973. Fire fighting vessels attempted to combat the blaze, but damage was extensive. The burning ship was towed away from the mainland.
The fire began shortly after ten o'clock at night and is thought to have been caused by a gas cylinder inside the vessel exploding. The inside of the ship was totally destroyed.