Turkey-flagged cargo ship sinks in Black Sea

Turkey-flagged general cargo ship Bilal Bal (IMO 7358664) sank on November 1st about 12 miles from Ağva Karacaköy at a water depth of 88 metres. The bodies of four crew have been recovered, while the other six remain missing. The vessel appears to have sunk shortly after it sent out a distress signal early on Wednesday (see Accident Round-Up in yesterday’s IMN) while it was in the Black Sea, but the cause of the sinking is currently unknown. Bilal Bal was carrying a 3,800-ton cargo of cast iron from Gemlik district of the northwestern province of Bursa Karadeniz Ereğli district of the Black Sea province of Zonguldak, according to local media.

1974-built, Turkey-flagged, 1,863 gt Bilal Bal is owned by Ucel Deniz Ve Kara, care of manager Cavusoglu Kara Ve Deniz of Istanbul, Turkey. No details of vessel found in insurance databases.

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