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MADRID, 16 Jan. (.) –
The Turkish authorities reported Monday that they have temporarily suspended maritime traffic in the Bosphorus after a cargo ship carrying grain from Ukraine ran aground in the strait.
The Turkish Coast Guard has deployed several specialized vessels with the aim of refloating the ship, a 142-meter-long ‘MKK-1’ freighter that has run aground off Umuryeri.
The crew of the Palau-flagged ship alerted that there was a problem around 7:30 am (local time), according to information from the newspaper ‘Daily Sabah’. So far no victims or spills have been recorded.
The strait connects the Black Sea with the Mediterranean. Ukraine and Russia reached an agreement in the summer of 2022 sponsored by Turkey to export grain and cereals through the Black Sea and the Bosphorus. The pact ended months of blockade on Ukrainian grain exports following Russia’s invasion of the territory.