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Oil tanker sinks in Meghna

The vessel carrying 11.34 lakh litres of diesel, octane

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 26 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Oil tanker sinks in Meghna
Fishermen rescue 12 crew members on board an oil tanker, which half sank in the Meghna river in Bhola on Sunday.

An oil tanker carrying 11.34 lakh litres of diesel and octane half sank after being hit with a cargo ship in the Meghna river in Bhola on Sunday.  

Being informed, members of Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) rushed to the spot and rescued the ship, said Media Officer of BCG Headquarters Lt Com Abdur Rahman. 

He said 12 crew members on board the lighter oil vessel were rescued by a fishing boat.

The officer said the oil tanker named ‘Shagor Nandini-2’ and the cargo ship collided due to dense fog around 4:00am.

They were trying to remove the fuel (9 lakh litres of diesel and 2.34 lakh litres of octane) of Padma Oil Company from water by an ultra modern boat, he said.

Rescued crew members said their tanker was heading towards Chandpur’s Ghat (Jetty) No. 5 from Chattogram Port.

When it reached the Meghna river’s Tulatuli under Bhola Sadar, the cargo ship hit it from behind, they said.

After being hit, the oil carrying ship got hole at its engine room and water began to seep in. Then, they began shouting for help and a fishing boat rescued them.

The crew members said some fishermen took fuel from the half sunken ship. After that, the BCG men reached the spot and drove the fishermen away.