On the morning of July 6, the container ship Pangaon Express encountered strong waves in the Bay of Bengal while sailing from Chittagong to the Pangaon Inland Container Terminal in Keraniganj. Unfortunately, the vessel lost stability, possibly due to the collapse of containers, and subsequently capsized. The exact fate of the ship remains unclear, as some sources suggest that it sank, while others state that it is partially submerged, laying dead in the water with a noticeable portside list.
Amidst this unfortunate event, the safety of the crew members was of paramount importance. Fortunately, all 14 crew members were successfully rescued and brought to safety. Additionally, a rescue ship from the port has been dispatched to the scene to provide further assistance.
The Pangaon Express was carrying 96 containers filled with imported goods from Chittagong Port to its destination. Regrettably, during the capsizing incident, three containers were lost overboard, exacerbating the consequences of the event.
Efforts are now underway to address the situation and salvage the remaining containers. A technical team has been mobilized to facilitate the transfer of the containers onto another vessel, ensuring the continuity of the goods’ transportation.
In response to the incident, the Chittagong Port Authority has issued a notification urging caution to other ships navigating the area. They emphasize the need for heightened vigilance, taking into account the prevailing circumstances and potential risks posed by the incident.
Please note that the information provided is based on the available reports up to this point, and the situation may evolve as further details emerge. It is advisable to refer to official sources or follow updated news reports for the most accurate and current information regarding this incident.