Passenger ship hits breakwater on Turkish Black sea coast

Passenger ship Astoria Grande (named the AIDAcara until September 2021) (IMO 9112789) collided with a breakwater at around 09:00 local time on January 18th while it was trying to enter Amasra port, on the Black Sea coast of Turkiye.

The ship had 385 passengers and 283 crew on board at the time. It had just arrived from the Russian holiday resort of Sochi and was attempting to dock at Amasra during rough weather. Strong winds were thought to be the cause of the accident.

The vessel left the harbour and sailed offshore to wait out the bad weather. When the vessel eventually moored it was scheduled to be surveyed by divers for possible underwater damage to the hull.

1996-built, Palau-flagged, 38,557 gt Astoria Grande is owned by Goodwin Shipping Ltd care of manager Camelot Maritime Shipping of Istanbul, Turkey. Last AIS from January 18th was off port of Amasra, Black Sea, Turkey.