Bosphorus closed to shipping because of a snowstorm

 The ongoing second day snowfall forced Turkish maritime authorities to close on Tuesday Bosphorus shipping traffic due to a sharp drop in visibility, reports Reuters citing the transport company GAC.

Vessel traffic in both directions was closed at 11.45 (13.45 MSK). Monday due to bad weather conditions as the court moved erratically. The country's main air carrier Turkish Airlines because of continuing snowfall has canceled 76 flights scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

According to GAC, the Dardanelles, on the other side of the Sea of Marmara is open to navigation.

Through the Bosporus and Dardanelles, under the jurisdiction of Turkey, are key sea routes for transporting oil, grain and other valuable goods from the Black Sea coast. Bad weather in winter often cause the closing of the straits to shipping. Annually through the Bosporus and Dardanelles are about 10,000 ships, carrying more than 150 million tons of oil and fuel.

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