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  Panamanian oil tanker sinks after collision off Indian coast

    samedi 20 mars 2004

Saturday March 20, 2004— Muharram 28, 1425 A.H

AHMEDABAD : A Panamian-registered oil tanker sank off India’s west coast on Friday after colliding with a container ship in rough seas but all crew members were safe, port officials said. The tanker, Delta One, collided head-on with the Singapore-registered container ship in thick fog and high waves, R Revankar, traffic manager at Kandla Port, one of the country’s biggest harbours, told AFP.

"The oil tanker which was empty has sunk in the Gulf of Kutch but the 19 crew members have been rescued and they have been brought to Kandla Port," he said. The crew were rescued by a passing passenger ship. The container ship suffered little damage and now was in Mundra port near Kandla. Port authorities said they had launched an investigation into the collision, which occurred just before dawn on Friday.

Port officials had initially identified the tanker as an Indian vessel but later said it was registered in Panama. They identified the container ship as APL Busan and said it was en route from Pakistan when the accident occurred. The oil tanker had emptied its cargo of naptha fuel at Vadinar port in western Gujarat state and had been headed for the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas when the two vessels collided, Tevankar said.

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