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Shipping Suspended in Turkey's Bosphorus

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Posted by Joseph Keefe

Traffic in the Bosphorus Strait, an important international shipping lane for oil and grain, was suspended on Thursday morning, data from Turkey's coastal safety agency showed.
The suspension started at 8:45 a.m. (0545 GMT), the agency said, without giving a reason. It was due to end at 6:00 p.m. (1500 GMT).
Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper reported the suspension was part of a search for a 17-year-old boy who had been swept away by the current after entering the Bosphorus on the European side nearly a month ago.
The Bosphorus is one of world's most important choke points for the maritime transit of oil, with over 3 percent of global supply - mainly from Russia and the Caspian Sea - passing through the 17-mile waterway connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.
It also carries large amounts of grains from Russia and Kazakhstan to world markets.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu

Aug 10, 2017

 

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