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Ro-ro vessel goes down off Egyptian port of Safaga

Cairo: Egyptian ro-ro cargo vessel Taba (3,133 dwt, built 1985) capsized in the Red Sea around 20nm from Safaga Port on Sunday.

The vessel, managed by Lebanon-based SeaChart Marine, had left Safaga Port and was on its way to the Port of Duba, Saudi Arabia when it started sinking due to a shift in the balance of 43 cargo trucks onboard the vessel.

A distress signal was sent and the Safaga Naval Base sent a rescue team for the crew and 37 passengers, mostly truck drivers. Three crew members were injured with fractures and six with bruising.

Authorities are now investigating the incident.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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