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Asphalt Tanker sinks in Persian Gulf

The 1983-built Asphalt Tanker Durban Queen capsized and sank in the Persian Gulf near Qatar on Tuesday.

The vessel sent out a distress signal when it started to capsize. The French frigate Cassard responded and sent out onboard helicopter and managed to rescue all of the 12 Indian crew.

The ship sank shortly after the arrival of the helicopte, which transferred four crew to a nearby merchant ship and the remaining eight to the frigate. The eight crews were later transferred to cruise ship Sea Princess, which will carry them to shore.

Durban Queen is owned by UAE company Prime Tankers.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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