ISTANBUL Jan 26 Heavy fog on Sunday forced the
closure of Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait, a vital route for
Russian oil and other commodities, to shipping traffic, agent
Five tankers were waiting to travel north at the mouth of
the narrow strait, which links the Black Sea with the
Mediterranean, GAC said. Traffic at the Dardanelles at the other
end of the Sea of Marmara was unaffected.
Reduced visibility due to poor weather in the winter
frequently requires maritime officials to shut the Bosphorus,
disrupting the flow of Russian oil and grain to world markets.
Each year about 150 million tonnes of crude and petroleum
products pass through the waterway, which bisects Istanbul, a
city of 15 million people.
(Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; editing by Jane Baird)