In a recent maritime incident at Eregli port on November 19, a strong storm, leading to a collision between two general cargo ships, FALCONA and ENKO HASLAMAN. The adverse weather conditions caused the vessels to drift into each other, rendering them unable to maneuver and potentially prompting concerns about leaving the port due to the high winds.
Amidst the chaos, ENKO HASLAMAN reportedly suffered more or less serious damages, as indicated by a distressing message from the ship post-collision, stating, “we are sinking.” Fortunately, as of the morning of November 19, both ships managed to avoid sinking and were anchored in the inner harbor. It appears that the accident, though alarming, did not result in severe damages.
FALCONA, with IMO number 8891376, boasts a deadweight tonnage (dwt) of 2151 and was built in 1987. Flying the flag of Cameroon, the vessel is managed by KD SHIPPING CO LTD INC in Ukraine. On the other hand, ENKO HASLAMAN, identified by IMO number 9384978, has a larger dwt of 3375 and was constructed in 2006. The ship, flagged under Turkey, is managed by HASLAMAN DENIZ TICARET LTD STI.
The two cargo ships arrived at Eregli from different locations, with ENKO HASLAMAN coming from Aliaga and FALCONA arriving from Burgas. The collision and subsequent events highlight the challenges vessels face when navigating through unpredictable weather conditions, emphasizing the importance of maritime safety protocols and preparedness.
As the maritime industry closely monitors the aftermath of the Eregli port incidents, stakeholders and experts will be analyzing the lessons learned to enhance safety measures in the future.