Feeder ship Pangaon Express (IMO 8662309), which was moving containers coastally and inland in Bangladesh, lost stability, tilted and partially sunk on July 6th . All on board were reported to have been evacuated safely. A salvage operation is underway.
The Pangaon Express was being used to transfer containers from the Bangladesh seaport of Chattogram along the coast and inland on the Meghna River to the Pangaon Terminal, some 157 nm inland near the capital city of Dhaka.
The vessel apparently departed Chattogram around 04:00 on July 6th and encountered heavy seas in the area near Bhasan Char island and the Sandwip Channel, before reaching the river. The weather service had been warning of slight turbulence, but reports are saying the Pangaon Express experienced strong winds and rolling seas as well as the tide. The captain reportedly attempted to navigate toward the coast.
The vessel issued a distress call at around 11:00 and the 12 crewmembers and two people from the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority were evacuated aboard a fishing boat. They were safely transferred to shore.
The rolling of the 96 teu ship and severe weather caused the containers aboard the vessel to shift, with reports saying three were lost overboard. About 40 containers were thought to have been on board at the time. aboard. Images showed the ship listing heavily to port, with at least one container floating nearby.
Chattogram Port sent its large tug and chartered a second tug to begin a salvage operation. They were attempting to remove additional containers and pump water from the ship. The Bangladesh Navy also responded with a vessel to assist with the salvage operation.
Chattogram Port also warned ships in the area to proceed with caution and be on the lookout for containers in the water.
2004-built, Bangladesh-flagged, 2,195 gt Pangaon Express is owned by Chittagong Port Authority of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and managed by Summit Alliance Port Ltd of Dhaka, Bangladesh.