The accident occurred at 12:58 p.m. Tuesday when the 106-meter Sierra Leone-flagged Majed & Randy slammed into the villa near Istanbul’s Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge after experiencing a rudder malfunction.
GAC Shipping said that cargo ship had no pilot on board at the time of the allision.
Turkey’s General Directorate of Coast Safety dispatched two tugs and pilot for assistance. The cargo ship remains at anchor in the general vicinity of the accident.
There were no reports of pollution or injuries.
The Strait was due to re-open a few hours late at 15:30 local time, GAC shipping said.
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