Maritime traffic in the famous waterway briefly stalled after a freighter carrying peas ran aground.

A cargo ship travelling from Ukraine to Turkey ran aground in Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, briefly suspending traffic in the vital waterway, officials have said.

Monday’s incident, involving a Palau-flagged vessel called the MKK 1, led to no damage or spills, according to the shipping agents Tribeca.

Several tugs were among vessels sent to provide assistance to the 142-metre (466-foot) freighter, the Turkish coastguard authority said.

Media reports said it was refloated with the help of Turkish tugboats a few hours later. Marine traffic websites showed the ship slowly moving through the Bosphorus later on Monday.

Television footage showed the bow of the ship, carrying 13,000 tonnes of peas, grounded close to the coastline on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.

The Istanbul Governor’s Office stated that the dry cargo ship ran aground very close to shore in the Beykoz district at approximately 7:30am (04:30 GMT) due to a rudder failure.