Syrian crew die as elderly ship sinks off Turkish coast

A 30-year-old Guinea-Bissau flagged general cargo ship with 14 Syrian crew sank off Turkey’s Mediterranean coast early on Wednesday morning, April 5th, killing at least three of them. Eight people were rescued while efforts continued to find the other missing crew.

General cargo ship Joe 2 (IMO 9070515), laden with a cargo of aluminium, sank off the coast of Kumluca, in Antalya province, while heading to Ukraine from the Turkish port of Iskenderun.

Turkish coast guards were searching for nine missing crew members of a Ukraine-bound commercial ship that sank close to Turkey’s southern province of Antalya.

The Guinea Bissau-flagged ship had sailed from Turkey’s Iskenderun port for Ukraine’s Izmail port, the coast guard said.

Five crew members were rescued by helicopters and other ships passing by the area, it said in a statement.

The ship had in total 14 crew members of Syrian origin and sunk some 37 km off the coast of Antalya province.

The coast guard did not say what caused it to go down.

Appearing on Equasis as the Ali Bey, the 1993-built, Panama-flagged, 2,608 gt Joe 2 is recorded as owned by A&D Ship management Co SA care of Team Chartering & Shipping Services Ltd of Istanbul, Turkey. No AIS since April 4th.