zoom Four people were reported dead following a collision between a bulk carrier and a coastal safety boat at the southern entry to the Bosphorus waterway, according to GAC.The incident, which occurred at 8:40 a.m. (0540 GMT) today, resulted in the capsizing of the coastal safety boat, identified as Sahil Guvenlik 25.GAC added that the boat was being removed to a safety zone by tugs.The incident led to a stoppage of shipping traffic in the Bosphorus waterway.According to GAC, the traffic in the Bosphorus is scheduled to resume at 14.30 hours for Northbound vessels, at which time the towage and pilotage service will also re-commence.The bulk carrier which took part in the collision is reportedly the Cook Island-flagged M/V Tolunay. According to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic, the 1995-built bulker, which is currently stopped in the area, was transiting from Istanbul to Odessa, Ukraine, at the time of the incident.World Maritime News Staff
“The plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka is close to our hearts. Our support for equal rights and equal protection of the laws to them has been unwavering since the days of Indiraji and Rajivji. Congress president Sonia Gandhi today demanded an “independent and credible” inquiry into the violation of human rights in Sri Lanka even as she refused to comment on key UPA ally DMK withdrawing support to the government at the Centre, the Press Trust of India reportedVoicing her pain and anguish over the “denial of legitimate political rights” to Sri Lankan Tamils, Ms. Gandhi dwelt at length on the issue at the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in Delhi. “We are most pained at the manner in which their legitimate political rights continue to be denied to them. We are anguished by reports of unspeakable atrocities on innocent civilians and children, especially during the last days of the conflict in 2009,” she said. “I have nothing to say now”, Ms. Gandhi said when asked about the pull out by DMK.