Mysterious Fuel Pollution in the Dardanelles. In the Dardanelles, fuel pollution has been observed for a month in the Nara Cape Locality, where the Dumlupınar Submarine shipwreck, which is a graveyard for 81 sailors, is located. The source of the fuel spreading from the seabed to the surface was a matter of curiosity.
Cumhur Güvenç, who has been working as a pilot for many years on ships passing through the Dardanelles, detected fuel pollution in the sea while passing by Nara Cape with a ship at the end of May.
He reported this to the Ship Traffic Services Center and the Coast Guard. Initially, it was thought that the pollution may have occurred as a result of a ship passing through the strait flooding the bilge water.
However, the relevant institutions could not identify the source of the fuel pollution in the strait in their investigation.
Although it has been days since he detected fuel pollution in front of Nara Cape, pilot captain Cumhur Güvenç continued to see that fuel leaked from the same point and dispersed on the water surface every time he passed through the same area with the ships he boarded on duty.
He photographed the fuel leak at each pass and recorded it on camera. He made a connection between the fuel leak and the Dumlupınar Submarine, which collided with the Swedish freighter Naboland and sank at around 3 at night, connecting April 4 to April 02.10, off Nara Cape.
Güvenç stated that according to the coordinates, the fuel leak came from 500 meters north of the Dumlupınar shipwreck.
“This situation should not deceive anyone. The current in the Bosphorus is from north to south up to a depth of 20 meters. However, at later depths, the direction of the current is south-north. I think that the fuel tanks of the Dumlupınar Submarine have rotted and punctured over a period of 61 years and the fuel in these tanks has leaked. The fact that the fuel comes out 500 meters ahead of the wreck is related to the undercurrent. After reaching the surface, the fuel is spreading towards the South again. This is entirely my opinion. However, a waste barrel thrown into the sea by a ship passing through the strait, an underground oil spill after the May 24 earthquake, or another shipwreck are among the possibilities. The final result will be revealed with the examination and report to be prepared by the relevant persons.
“It MAY BE CAUSED FROM ANOTHER WRECK”
Kemal Dalgıç, Head of the Gallipoli Branch of the Submarine Lovers Association, stated that 61 years have passed since the sinking of the Dumlupınar Submarine and said, “When the submarine sank, the fuel ran out. Because the fuel tanks of submarines are in the form of an inverted box. When the submarine sank, the fuel was dispersed. Therefore, this fuel leak may have been caused by another wreck,” he said.