The accident happened in stormy and rough weather conditions and heavy seas. The vessel was anchored and waiting to berth for unloading cargo of construction materials, but the storm caused breaches to the hull. The Turkish freighter started getting water ingress and developed list. The worsening of the stability of the vessel in combination with heavy seas caused cargo shift and capsizing of the freighter. The accident was reported to local authorities and at the scene were send rescue boats, which succeeded to recover five or six people from the water, but another at least seven are missing.
“We are still searching for seven of the Turkish ship’s crew members but unfortunately the bad weather is hindering the coast guards’ work”, said Misrata’s Brigade 154, which arrived at the scene despite of the bad weather.
All the rescued crewmen are Turkish nationals. They are in good condition and without reported injuries. The local authorities accommodated the people at hotel and will take witness evidences from them. The root cause of the accident is under investigation.
The general cargo ship Tinaztepe S (IMO: 7505798) has overall length of 81.60 m, moulded beam of 13.80 m and maximum draft of 6.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,201 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,900 GRT. The vessel was built in 1979 by Degas Shipbuilding in Izmir, Turkey and is classified by Bulgarian Shipping Register.