Passing from the Marmara to the Black Sea direction, the M/V Ocean Gem, 225-meter-long bulk carrier, which is making its way to the Black Sea, made a machine failure under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge in the Strait of Istanbul, almost halfway in the Strait .
The ship at the moment continues to pass the Bosphorus at a speed of 2.4 knots iunder the tow of the tugs named Rescue 3 and Rescue 7 belonging to the General Directorate of Coastal Safety.
The Marshall Islands flagged ship was built in 2011. It is not known why she had the engine failure.
The fully loaded bulker has 14 meters of draught at present.
According to the last information learned, the ship is heading to Paşabahçe Bay for an emergency anchorage.