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A bulk carrier collided with a container carrier at the southern anchorage area of Bosphorus due to adverse weather conditions, on 21 November.

According to the initial information, each vessel has suffered slight damages but no leakage or no sea pollution is reported.

The collision has not affected vessel traffic in the Bosphorus or the transit schedule in the Strait.

In another incident that took place in October, traffic was suspended temporarily on the Bosphorus, after a vessel grounded off Türkeli, according to the Directorate General of Turkey’s Coastal Safety.

The grounding came just a week after the MSC containership Malena experienced an engine failure in front of Canakkale, in the Turkish Dardanelles Strait.

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The following articles related to the fire and floodlights caused cargo fire on a bulk carrier.

The incident

A bulker had loaded sugar beet pellets in all three cargo holds with the operation taking 27 hours. When loading was completed the ventilation hatches and all other access points to the cargo holds were secured.

In cargo hold 1 there were two metres of space between the cargo and the cargo hatch. In cargo holds 2 and 3 the cargo was almost up to the hatch coaming.

Two days into the voyage the crew noticed smoke coming from cargo hold 2. Hot spots were discovered in hold 2 on the transverse hatch coaming, both forward and aft on the portside, and an additional hot spot was also discovered on hold 3 on the transverse hatch coaming, on the portside aft.

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On November 21, the Yemeni government informed that Houthi rebels attacked the terminal while the VLCC Pratika was near a loading buoy.

The incident was firstly report by the UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), noting that a missile or rocket was used to attack a single-point mooring at the Ash Shihr (al-Shihr) oil loading terminal on Yemen’s southern coast at 1512 hours local time.

In fact, two workers at the terminal confirmed the attack.

The name of the vessel has not been released, but it departed unharmed and no crewmembers were injured.

Two workers at the terminal confirmed the attack, while luckily crewmembers were injured.

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In October 2022, five incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in Asia. No incident of piracy was reported. With the five incidents, a total of 68 incidents were reported in Asia during January-October 2022. The situation in the Singapore Strait (SS) is of concern, with reports of 44 incidents, account for 65% (44 of 68 incidents) of the total number of incidents in Asia during January-October 2022.

There was no incident of abduction of crew for ransom in the Sulu-Celebes Seas and waters off Eastern Sabah in October 2022. The last known incident occurred on 17 January 20.

As the threat of abduction of crew has diminished, the Philippine Coast Guard recommends downgrading the threat from ‘potentially high’ to ‘moderate’ which implies that ‘incidents are possible to occur but are relatively less severe in nature’. All ships to consider re-route from the area as an option.