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A cargo ship struggled to pump out water that seeped in through cracks after it brushed against two anchored ships while trying to moor in strong winds off the coast of Istanbul on Friday, an official said it was not in danger of sinking. (Jan. 20)

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[Location - Date:ANKARA, Turkey - JAN 20 2012][Source:APTN][VO:][INSERT: Wire Copy] ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ A cargo ship struggled to pump out water that seeped in through cracks after it brushed against two anchored ships while trying to moor in strong winds off the coast of Istanbul on Friday, but a senior maritime official said it was not in danger of sinking. The Sierra Leone-flagged Kayan-1, carrying empty containers, tilted on its right side as crew members pumped out water as a tugboat waited to tow it if needed. "It cannot sink," Salih Orakci, head of the General Directorate of Coastal Safety, told reporters. "But we are not able to intervene fully because of the weather conditions." Orakci, however, said the only apparent option now was to pull the ship aground. "If the captain approves, the most we can do is pull it aground, but if the weather improves we may have other options," he said. "We are not thinking of evacuating personnel for now." There were 13 crew members aboard the 86-meter (282-feet) freighter which had arrived from Egypt and was on its way to Ukraine and had been trying to moor off Istanbul due to severe weather conditions when it got dragged and brushed against two other vessels. Five maritime officials also boarded the ship to help the ship's rescue. The freighter, only carrying empty containers, brushed against two cargo ships, the Netherlands-flagged Slochterdiep and Tanzania-flagged Adria Blu before coming to a halt near the shore at a depth of some 9-meter (30-feet), Coastal Safety said on its website. Authorities have canceled several scheduled ferry trips in the Sea of Marmara and in the Bosporus, the narrow waterway that bisects Istanbul, due to strong winds and high seas. Also on Friday, a Philippine-registered freighter ran aground off a Dutch beach after its anchor slipped in an overnight storm, the Dutch Coast Guard said. The 500-foot (155-meter) Aztec Maiden was carrying no cargo when it drifted onto sand off the North Sea coastal town of Wijk aan Zee, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of Amsterdam, the Dutch Coast Guard said in a statement. The 21 crew members did not abandon the ship. Tug boats will attempt to pull the vessel free at high tide around 1 p.m. (1200 GMT). There were no immediate signs it was leaking fuel. Spokesman Peter Verburg told national broadcaster NOS that the Coast Guard was closely monitoring the ship for any leaks.(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: BOB MCCALL ---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: APTN -----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: BOB MCCALL----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: NONE ----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): NONE--------------------------------SCRIPT/WIRE SOURCE:U6793TUH1671 ank eur int glbhBC-EU--Turkey-Ship Accident, 1st Ld-Writethru------------------------------------