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Iron Chieftain heads on final journey for Turkish scrapyard

Iron Chieftain bulker vessel departed from Port Kembla on March 27, and is now heading to its final resting place in Turkey. The vessel suffered a major fire in June 2018, and 100 firefighters were deployed to extinguish the fire.

Gazprom’s TurkStream project is complete

The entire pipeline system for Gazprom’s TurkStream project in the Black Sea has been completed following connections between TurkStream offshore section and landfalls. TurkStream is a project for a gas pipeline stretching across the Black Sea from Russia to Turkey and further to Turkey’s border with neighboring countries.

Mediterranean’s largest ferry named

Copenhagen-based DFDS named its newest ro/ro vessel in Turkey. The latter is Mediterranean’s largest ro/ro ship. The naming ceremony for 237-meter-long ro/ro newbuilding, Ephesus Seaways, was held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Watch: Fuel removal began for grounded Efe Murat off Italy

As Guardia Costiera posted, its crewmembers began removing fuel from the Turkish cargo vessel called ‘Efe Murat’ off Bari, Italy. Up to now, there have been no reports concerning pollution. Yet, it is alleged that the vessel has been holed in several places and is taking on water.

Watch: Turkish cargo vessel aground due to storm

The Turkish cargo ship Efe Murat, ran aground on a breakwater off Bari, Italy, continued listing since the incident on February 23. Up to now, there are no reports for water pollution. Yet, there’s a possibility that the 37 tonnes of oil aboard the vessel cold easily lead to fatal environmental results.

Yilport’s international volumes continue rise in 2018

Yilport Holding, port management and logistics subsidiary of Yildirim Group had a ‘golden year’ due to the increase of its business and volumes growth. The worldwide terminals handled 6.41 million TEU containers in 2018, reporting 5% year-on-year volume development in comparison to 2017, that was led by its 10 container terminals in Turkey, Scandinavia, Iberia, and Latin America.

New shipping channel to be built in Istanbul

Foreign construction companies are interested in building the shipping channel in Istanbul, according to the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure. Namely, the preparation of the shipping channel project has been completed. The channel will be 43 kilometers. The Istanbul channel aims to reduce the burden of shipping on the Bosphorus Strait, and prevent the threat of environmental and human-made disasters

Watch: World’s largest LNG FSRU operating in Turkey

Japanese shipping company MOL published a video of the world’s largest floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in operation in the Turkish port of Dörtyol, Hatay. The FSRU Challenger began operations in Turkey on February 2018. The floating storage and regasification unit has an LNG storage capacity of 263,000 cubic meters and has re-shipment and gas transfer capabilities.

Turkey accedes to Hong Kong Convention

Turkey acceded to IMO’s Hong Kong Convention, the treaty for safe and environmentally sound ship recycling, setting a landmark as one of the five major ship recycling countries in the world.

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