Eight dead following collision

Jakarta: Norgas Carriers of Singapore, a subsidiary of I.M. Skaugen, has said its operated vessel the Norgas Cathinka has anchored off the port of Bakauheni in Indonesia following a tragic collision yesterday that has left eight dead.
The gas carrier collided with a roro passenger ferry Bahuga Jaya near Merak at 05.40 hours yesterday. More than 100 people were rescued from the ferry, but eight are missing, presumed dead.
The Master of the Norgas Cathinka reported that his vessel sustained structural damage to its hull but there has been no ingress of water and there is no danger of the vessel sinking.
Norgas Cathinka's cargo of propylene is secure and there is no pollution or environmental damage from the vessel, the owner said in a statement.
Morits Skaugen, IM Skaugen ceo, said: "I wish to personally place on record my regret and sorrow over this sad and unfortunate incident.
"I also wish to offer my condolences to the families who have lost loved ones today and stress again that as a responsible ship owner for almost 100 years, it will be our company's absolute duty to discover the truth about how this happened.
"We shall be unstinting in our efforts to discover the facts of the incident and we are giving full co-operation to the investigations into the incident which continue".  [27/09/12]

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