Turkish Shipping Panel Mulls Safe Sailing Through Bosphorus

Wednesday, January 10, 2001
Turkish shipping experts will reportedly meet soon to discuss how to safely sail a giant aircraft carrier without engines through the Bosphorus that bisects the country's biggest city.

It was reported that the panel had already met once and denied passage through the straits to the 1,000-ft. Varyag, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, citing security concerns for the city of Istanbul.

The Varyag has been idling in the Black Sea since July.

Passage through the Bosphorus, the narrow, busy and winding waterway that links the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and the world's oceans, is not normally restricted for commercial ships in peacetime under the 1936 Montreux treaty.

But Turkey fears the vast platform, which must be guided by a flotilla of tugs, could present a danger to the waterway and the city of 10 million people through which it runs.

Officials say the vessel was purchased from Ukraine by a Chinese group which aims to convert it into a floating pleasure palace off China's seacoast.

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