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Ship capsizes at Iranian port

Poor communication between staff offloading boxes onshore and onboard has been cited for yesterday’s dramatic capsizing and sinking of the general cargo ship, SL Star.

The 12-year-old ship, owned by Sea Link Shipping from the United Arab Emirates, was dropping off boxes at the Iranian port of Rajaee at Bandar Abbas when it suddenly lost stability and listed rapidly to starboard before capsizing by the quayside. The ship had 153 containers onboard when it capsized.

Three crew were reported injured in the accident. Local authorities continue to clear up the site today.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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