Posted on March 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Comoran-flagged General Cargo vessel, SL STAR capsized while at berth at Rajaei Port, Bander Abbas, Iran in the morning of March 19th.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:00 am in the morning, while the vessel was in the process of performing cargo operations.
The vessel was loaded with over 153 containers at the time. Initial reports indicate that some cargo shifted, or was improperly loaded, leading to the loss of stability that resulted in the vessel capsizing.
Allegedly, the capsizing was the result of a lack of coordination between the ship’s officer and the contractor in charge of loading and unloading the vessel.
Iranian Maritime authorities immediately launched a search & rescue operation in order to save the 14 crewmembers of the SL STAR from the capsized ship.
Thankfully, the S&R teams managed to successfully locate and rescue all 14 individuals, however, three crewmembers got injured during the incident and had to be immediately transported to a hospital.
Following the accident, the port authority took the containers out of the water and transported them to the port.
Local maritime authorities have opened an investigation into the accident.
The Shahid Rajaei Port is the biggest and most well-equipped port in Iran, covering over 80% of the country’s container operations.