Bosphorus Strait Closed to Tankers during Winter Storm

Turkey shut its Bosphorus Strait, a key shipping channel for Russian cargo, to tanker traffic on Wednesday after a snowstorm reduced visibility and strong winds affected currents, shipping agent GAC said.

Southbound vessels less than 200 meters long were allowed to pass but traffic had still slowed sharply, an agent at GAC said. Maritime authorities barred all northbound traffic because of the northerly winds.

Poor winter weather conditions frequently force closures of the Bosphorus, which bisects Istanbul and is the only outlet to the world's oceans from the Black Sea.

Story courtesy of the Maritime Executive, for the full article click here.

exactAIS® tracking shows the pile up of vessel traffic now at the bottom of the Bosphorus Strait.

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