The engine failure of tankship Peria (IMO 9322827) on January 21st (IMN, January 23rd) which led it to an emergency dropping of anchor, at Kecilik Bay, Turkiye, reportedly led to an entanglement with an underwater fibre-optic communication cable line, which was seriously damaged.
Italian-flagged cable ship Antonio Meucci (IMO 8506062) has been appointed to investigate the incident and arrived at Istanbul during the morning of February 3rd. A cable layer and a technical team will attend the incident site, depending on Strait traffic and weather permission. A detailed damage survey and method of repair was to be provided by the technicians. The tanker’s departure permission has yet to be issued by the harbour master due to an incomplete technical damage survey and the cable layer’s further findings. Prior to departure being allowed the vessel will have to pay salvage expenses and a fine on the Coastal Safety. As of February 6th the vessel remained stationary at Ambarli anchorage.
The Peria was sanctioned by the US only a few days prior to the accident, allegedly having breached the Russian oil sanctions price cap.
2006-built, Liberia-flagged, 61,371 gt Peria is listed on Equasis as owned by HS Peria Ltd-Lib care of Hansa Shipping of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is listed as Maritas Fleet Pvt Ltd of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.