(ATHENS, Greeece.) JUST IN: A Greek crude oil tanker & Turkish fishing vessel have collided in the Eastern Mediterranean, on Wednesday killing at least four men, and leaving one missing amid heightened tensions over gas exploration in the contested waters #AceNewsDesk report

The Adana Governorate in Turkey confirmed that a collision took place between the Ephesos, a Greek-flagged tanker, and a Turkish fishing boat at 5:50am local time on Wednesday: The incident occurred around 15 nautical miles off the coast, not far from the city and port of Mersin. The cause of the accident was not reported:

The statement from Adana officials said search and rescue teams have recovered four bodies, but one person remains missing: Footage captured the aftermath of the collision, with the Turkish fishing boat capsized and rescue crews reaching the scene of the accident. The Greek tanker can be seen in the distance. 

According to maritime vessel tracker MarineTraffic, the Ephesos left Ceyhan – the end point of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline – in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The vessel, which is 274 meters long and 50 meters wide, was heading westward and was reportedly scheduled to arrive in Gibraltar on November 17: The Ephesos is currently registered by the tracking service as “stopped.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is pictured during a ceremony at the Naval Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, August 31, 2019. © Reuters / Murat Cetinmuhurdar / Presidential Press Office
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Greece and Turkey have been at loggerheads this year as a dispute over exploration rights in the Eastern Mediterranean drags on: In October, Turkey redeployed its Oruc Reis exploration vessel to the contested waters. Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, along with the EU and the US, condemned Turkey for its unilateral action in the region. 

Meanwhile, Ankara has brushed off the criticism, calling it “baseless accusations.” 

#AceNewsDesk report ………………..Published: Nov.11: 2020:

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