Turkey Moves to Rule Out Injuries from Ship Collision



The HS Armatolos (file photo)

There were no injuries in the ramming incident between a turkish cargo ship and a Greek vessel in the early hours of Friday, it has been reported.

A Turkish Transport Ministry statement seen by the Reuters news agency claimed there had also been no threat of pollution in the collision.

The cargo vessel rammed into the Greek gunboat Armatolos about four nautical miles southeast of the Greek island of Lesvos in the eastern Aegean.

According to the Hellenic Navy the incident occurred in Greek territorial waters at 4 a.m. local time (0100GMT) after the Turkish cargo ship Karmate ignored warnings to change course.

There were no injuries on board or serious damage to the gunboat.

Greek authorities are still investigating the incident. NATO has been informed, as the Armatolos was on patrol as part of an alliance operation in the Aegean.

This is the second time in a space of few months that a Turkish vessel has hit a Greek craft.

On Feb. 12, a Turkish Coast Guard vessel rammed into the Greek patrol boat ‘Gavdos’ near Imia.