Turkish Merchant Ship Hits Naval Mine near Romania's Coasts – Reuters

Friday, 6 October 2023

On Thursday, 6 October, a Turkish merchant ship triggered a naval mine in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania, but remained mostly unscathed.

As Reuters reported, the incident occurred at 9:20 GMT (that is, 12:20 Kyiv time) at the mouth of the Danube, 11 nautical miles north of the city of Sulina, near the entrance to the Sulina branch. The information was provided by Ambrey, the British maritime safety company.

 

After the explosion, the ship anchored to examine the consequences of the damage, and after about three hours continued to move. No team members were injured.

Another source from the Ukrainian government confirmed to the agency that such an incident had occurred, indeed, and it could either be an old mine from the Second World War, or one of the new ones from the period of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

According to a source from the Bosphorus Observer consultancy with knowledge of the situation, the crew was unharmed on board the vessel, the Kafkametler, despite minor damage to a ballast tank. The ship's operator has yet to respond to a request for comment.

MarineTraffic data show that the Kafkametler anchored on the Danube near the Ukrainian terminal in Vylkove.

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