An Egyptian cargo vessel has capsized in Turkey, sending a number of containers overboard.

The Cumhuriyet daily said the 4,300-dwt Togo-flagged ship Sea Eagle (built 1984) listed to port overnight on 17 September at the pier in Iskenderun, where it had docked to unload boxes.

The vessel had begun to take on water for unknown reasons, the report added.

The crew members on board were evacuated and the ship sank to rest partially submerged on the bottom.

Video footage showed at least 12 boxes floating in the water, with others buckled on board as stacks collapsed.

Salvage efforts had started to retrieve the boxes.

The Sea Eagle had left Mersin in Turkey on 16 September.

The former Stella di Mare has had no port state control detentions since 2019, when it was held in Iran for 28 days.

The most recent inspection in Tripoli, Lebanon, earlier this month showed four deficiencies.

Hours of rest entries questioned

These related to incorrect entries for hours of rest for crew members and watchkeeping schedules not properly filled in.

Operator Sea Scanner Logistics of Egypt has been contacted for further information.

The company controls four other elderly MPPs, one of which is listed by UK shipbroker Clarksons as being under repair.

Insurance cover for the ship is unclear.

VesselsValue assesses the Sea Eagle as worth $3.75m.