Search continues for missing crew after sinking UAE freighter

The operator of a United Arab Emirates freighter that sank on Thursday morning has confirmed that the search for two crew members is continuing.

“The two remaining crew members are still missing and the search continues,” Salem Al Makrani Cargo said.

The freighter sank in the northern gulf in heavy weather.

Twenty-eight crew members were rescued on Thursday. The ship’s operator previously told The National that the entire crew had been rescued.

The two missing crew members are believed to be from Pakistan.

Dubai-based Salem Al Makrani Cargo identified the vessel as Al Salmy 6, a roll-on cargo ship used to transport vehicles to Iraq. It was about 45 kilometers south of Iran, Iranian media said, which is in international waters.

“On the morning of March 15, the Ro-Ro Al Salmy 6 departed the port of Hamriya, bound for Dubai, for Umm Qasr under heavy conditions (general cargo and cars) and from the late evening of the 16, Al Salmy 6 began to experience difficult weather conditions,” a statement said. of the freight company lu.

“On the 17th at 03:00, we received a call from a ship advising that Al Salmy 6 is not under command and that the captain has sent a distress alert to nearby ships.

“An oil tanker, Front Savannah, received the distress and advised [Assalouyeh] port control – Iran which immediately organized the rescue of the ship.

The statement concluded by saying that although many crew members were rescued, two are still missing.

“At 10:00 a.m., we knew that Al Salmy 6 had completely sunk, but [thanks] to the Iranian rescue team, they managed to save the lives of 27 out of 30, and one was saved by the tanker Front Savannah. The two remaining crew members are still missing and the search is ongoing.

Captain Nizar Qaddoura, head of operations at Salem Al Makrani Cargo, said the ship encountered difficult and stormy weather conditions and then capsized. Reports from the meteorological services indicated that the waves reached up to six meters high.

The crew consisted of citizens of Sudan, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Capt Qaddoura said.

Iran’s official Irna news agency quoted local officials as saying that several rescue boats had been dispatched and a helicopter had been deployed.

The ship sank in “adverse weather conditions and high winds”, an official said.

The 138-meter vessel left the port of Rashid in Dubai on Tuesday and was expected at the port of Umm Qasr in Basra on Friday.

Al Salmy 6 was built in 1983, which makes it 39 years old.
Source: The National

Brandon D. James