A coal-carrying cargo ship ended up capsized in Bangladesh. The ship MV BB-1148 was carrying 800 tons of coal through the Pashur channel near Mongla Port of Bagerhat in Dhaka when the incident happened. The vessel had 12 seafarers on board, all of whom swam across the channel to safely reach the shore.
Ship Collided & Sank
The ship sank as it collided with another vessel while passing through the Banishanta area of the channel. The Sub-inspector of Mongla police station revealed that the incident happened at 11:30 pm on Saturday night.
Shipmaster Mohammad Osman said that his ship collided with another ship in the channel. He was steering the ship from Harbaria to the Mongla.
The Salvage Operation
The vessel hasn’t been salvaged but regular activities continue as usual as the channel remains safe for transit, said the Mongla Port Authority.
According to the Mongla Port Harbor Master Fakhar Uddin, the authorities have hired a private rescue team for the salvage as the owner of the ship couldn’t do it.
The rescue team will be coming from Gopalganj’s Kalia region and begin the salvage operation from Monday morning.
Ship’s Cargo Safe & Not Sinking
Fakhar informed that the ship remains unmarked as the cargo sank outside the main area of the channel and the cargo isn’t sinking despite high tide. The ship remains half-submerged in the Child area of the channel. It’s a kilometer away from the southern region of the Mongla port.
“The matter has been taken under the supervision of the port to ensure that there is no obstruction in the movement of ships in the port-channel”, said Fakhar.
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