Posted on September 16, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Bangladesh-flagged Cargo ship, Gulf Argo capsized during the evening hours of September the 12th while transiting through the Bay of Bengal.
The incident occurred near the Payra Fairway Buoy; the cargo ship had just left Chittagong, Bangladesh and was bound for Kolkata India carrying a shipment of containers.
According to initial reports, the vessel suffered engine failure while in rough seas and as a result, proceeded to capsize.
The crew of the vessel, 14 seafarers, all Bangladeshi nationals, had to abandon the ship. Thankfully, they were all successfully rescued in the morning of September the 13th by a patrol ship belonging to the Bangladeshi Navy.
Following their rescue, the distressed seafarers were all given first aid and food. They were then taken to Payra port, where their families were waiting for them.
According to a press release by SM Shamim Alam, the Information Officer for the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), there were approximately 152 containers onboard the cargo ship at the time of the incident.
It’s safe to assume that most of them are currently afloat in the Bengal Bay, off Chittagong and could be posing a substantial navigational danger.