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The Bosphorus. A narrow waterway twisting through the heart of the spectacular mega-city of Istanbul. From Roman times, the Bosphorus has been a bottleneck of critical geo-strategic importance – but never more so than now.
Every year more than 50,000 ships of all sizes pass through this narrow 31km stretch on average, one ship every 10 minutes of the day and as many as four supertankers pass through Istanbul carrying oil and other pollutants. The ships must share the crowded space with one and a half million commuters crossing the Bosphorus every day in ferries, along with fishing boats, floating restaurants, cruise ships and more.
Wednesday 5th July