31 March 2023
Ro-Ro vessel sinks in the Persian Gulf off Iran
A United Arab Emirates-flagged Ro-Ro vessel sinks in the Persian Gulf off Iran after capsizing.
The Ro-Ro vessel sinks just 48 km off the Iranian Persian Gulf coastal city of Asalouyeh on Thursday 17th of March.
The dubai-based owner confirmed that the 1983-built ship sank. In this regard, the Iranian authorities had sent a vessel to rescue the 30 crewmembers.
The company’s operations manager announced that; 16 crew safely rescued, 11 more made it to a life raft, while one person saved by a tanker nearby. Two crew members were said to have been in the water. The crew consisted of nationals from Sudan, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.
The 6,000DWT vessel was carrying cars and on its way to the port of Um Qasr Port in Iraq before capsizing and sinking due to rough weather.
Most probably, she suffered cargo shifting, followed by water flooding the cargo deck. The ship according to track, went out of control and started to drift in the evening of March 16. Note that, the last AIS dated 0600 UTC March 17.
Source: Iranian Ports & Maritime Organization