Sinking ship İKRA and 10 casualties rescued by Turkey's Med Marine
M/V Ikra, a Turkish-Flagged, 83 Meters long freighter which started to take in water in the Gulf of Iskenderun towed to safety by Med Marine, the company that provides pilotage and towage services in the region.
According to information received by SeaNews Turkey, at around 15:50 hours on 18 August 2017, the IKRA sent out a mayday call, which was received by Med Marine Iskenderun emergency response station.
The M / V IKRA had departed from the Iskenderun MMK Metallurgical Port on 18.08.2017 with a total of 3230 mt in 159 steel bales. Soon afterwards, Med Marine Iskenderun emergency response teams, establishing a radio connection with the ship, received the mayday call and launched the fast rescue boat to the casualty area.
As of 16:45, the fast rescue boat arrived to the accident site and after boarding to M/V Ikra, rescued 10 crew members from the sinking ship and transferred them ashore.
During this time, it was observed that the machine room of the ship was getting water and there was a danger of sinking. The tug belonging to Med Marine, named M / Tug Ekinciler with a 68 Ton bollard pull, was then routed to the ship.
At 17:10 the the tug Ekinciler arrived to the scene and after negotiations; At 7 pm hooked the towing havser and started to tow the ship to port ; at 19:15 and after the necessary negotiations the ship's towing duty was transferred to tharbour tugs Poliport M, Dilovası 8 and Dilovası 9, also belonging to Med Marine and at 20:30 the group arrived in front of MMK Metallurji Port.
The ship was docked at the port of MMK with Med Marine pilot and salvage master onboard. The ship was intentionally set aground at 22:20 to preventher from sinking (safe grounding).
It was learned that the safety of the ship has already been provided and a tugboat for safety purpose is on stand-by nearby the ship.
As soon as the weather conditions improve, Med Marine divers will dive and survey the wet sections of the ship, and carry out underwater welding operations.
According to the information received by the Kaptan Haber News Agency, the ship will be fully recovered after all the wtaer that flood tha engine room of the ship pumped out.