M/V TURGUT KOCABAS – Oil Spill Response Operation

One of two cargo ships sank after they collided off Darica hamlet of Gebze town of the northwestern city of Kocaeli. One person was reported missing after the collision, and another was injured. Sources told the A.A. correspondent that 2,247 gross ton-cargo ship “Turgut Kocabas” laden with 2735 tons of pig iron and 8,220 gross ton-cargo ship named “Zinnet Mete” laden with 11500 tons of coil iron collided off Darica on Tuesday. 2,247 gross ton-cargo ships sank after the collision. 15 of 16 crewmen of the ship named “Turgut Kocabas” were rescued. One person of rescued crew members who were injured in the collision was hospitalized. On the other hand, as a result of the lost person’s search and rescue operations body was recovered on 06.09.2007 at 09:50 and delivered to the Naval Police that was reported dead. As a result of the collision, the vessel named TURGUT KOCABAS sank off at a depth of 60 meters. On the position of 40 45′.l 44N 029, 21.540 E. Mavi Deniz mobilized its equipment immediately to the place of the accident, including pumps, inflatable boats, oil recovery vessel, oil booms, absorbent pads, absorbent booms, chemicals, anchors with the workforce to clean the surface of seawater from the oil slick and clean the harbor, beach areas, marshes, rocks and sensitive areas, etc. 600 m of oil booms deployed to the accident areas after cleanup operation finished, l O tons of oily waste materials transported to the lzaydas Waste reception facility.