Boxship sinks off coast of Bangladesh

Cargo ship sinks off coast of Bangladesh

A cargo ship has sunk in the Sandwip Channel off the coast of the Bay of Bengal, near Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Local media reported that the incident occurred around 11.30 am on 6 July, resulting in the loss of three containers from the 140 TEU Pangaon Express vessel.

The crew members have been successfully brought to safety, and a rescue ship from the port has been dispatched to the scene to assist.

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According to Secretary Omor Faruk of the Chittagong Port Authority, the ship was en route to the Pangaon Inland Container Terminal in Keraniganj, carrying 96 containers filled with imported goods from Chittagong Port.

Reports indicate that the ship capsized in the strong waves of the Bay of Bengal, potentially due to the collapse of containers, leading to a loss of stability.

Efforts are underway to transfer the containers to another vessel with the assistance of a technical team.

The Chittagong Port Authority has issued a notification urging caution to other ships navigating the area, emphasizing the need for heightened vigilance.

In June of last year, a massive explosion at a storage depot near the city of Chittagong, Bangladesh caused killed more than 40 people.

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