Cambodian-Flagged Ship Collides With Turkish Ship, Sinks

A Cambodian-flagged cargo ship sank in the Dardanelles after colliding with a Turkish tanker, a Turkish news agency reported Saturday.

All crew members were rescued.

The Cambodian-flagged Noor Al Amar, carrying a cargo of steel from Ukraine to Egypt, collided late Friday with the Salih Kalka­van, a larger Turkish ship that was traveling from Greece to Ukraine, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The Cambodian ship sank after Turkish coast guard boats had rescued all 17 crew members, Anatolia said.

The Turkish vessel was not seriously damaged.

Authorities opened an inquiry to establish the cause of the crash, and interviewed crew from both ships.

The Dardanelles, which bisect Eur­ope and Asia some 150 km west of Istanbul, and the Bos­porus, which passes through the city, are among the world’s busiest waterways, and accidents are frequent.

The ship was one of more than 500 registered in Cambodia, where cheaper registration fees have drawn hundreds of ship­owners since the registry opened in 1994.

The registry is the first in the world to allow registration of vessels online.

The registry has drawn scorn from more-es­tablished registries for what they say is a lax system of monitoring that allows unseaworthy vessels to operate in international waters.

Cambodian officials have said they are tightening their restrictions.

(Additional reporting by The Associated Press)

 

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