Analysis of major maritime accidents of Turkish flagged ships

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Taylan M.

2nd International Eurasian Conference on Science, Engineering and Technology, 7 - 09 October 2020, vol.1, pp.792-799

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Page Numbers: pp.792-799
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, major maritime accidents occurred in Turkish waters involving Turkish flagged ships
have been analyzed. Many maritime accidents happen all over the world regardless of ship type,
location and cause. There has been a tremendous effort by the International Maritime Organization,
IMO since its establishment to prevent marine accidents and environmental pollution in the aftermath.
Although, the organization puts into force so many rules and regulations, it is not possible to prevent
all the accidents and casualties. First of all, major accidents of Turkish flagged ships were detailed
including the causes. Then, one of the most tragic accident of Turkish maritime history has been
studied extensively. A passenger commuter ship Üsküdar was capsized and sank claiming around 203
lives most of which were students in 1958. Stability and safety of the ship has been analyzed again
using advanced technology of the new century. It is the author’s belief that some light has been shed
on the cause of the accident based on the findings.