A Turkish Pilot lost his life after falling into Bosphorus waters while boarding the ship, per Turkish authorities on Sunday. The deceased, Oguz Kok, was on transfer to extend pilotage service for a bulker at the southern entrance point of the Istanbul waterway.
However, Turkey’s directorate general of coastal safety (KEGM) reports that Kok and an unidentified fellow seafarer entered the sea while attempting to board the open-hatch 31,000-dwt handysize New Siham (built-in 1999).
After a coworker went into the water and grabbed Kok, they took him to a nearby dock and rushed him to the hospital when he was unconscious. Initial evidence from KEGM suggests hypothermia was the cause of his death.
Turkey’s transport ministry offered condolences for his loved ones and wished a speedy recovery for the injured sailor. Turkey’s Tolunay Ship Management has been identified as the owner of the New Siham. The Bosphorus cuts via Istanbul and connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara.
Dozens of vessels cross the busy waterway daily, laden with iron ore, grains, and oil products. Engine disruptions and accidents frequently take place there. Turkish authorities generally respond promptly, dispatching tugs to help the stricken vessels and tow them to a safe spot.
However, on 21 Jan, an Aframax tanker that was blacklisted on 18 Jan for violating the Western price cap policy on seaborne Russia’s oil brought the traffic in the waterway to a standstill for over eight hours.
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