A lighter vessel carrying around 1500 tonnes of steel coils sank in the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port this morning.
The vessel MV Sunderban-1 sank somewhere in between Alpha and Bravo anchorages of the outer anchorage around 7:15am when it was going to Narayanganj from the port, radio control operators at the Chittagong Port told The Daily Star.
Quoting the vessel’s master, Jamal Uddin, Bangladesh Lighterage Sramik Union General Secretary Nabi Alam said the vessel started to it lean to one side as the goods in it displaced following a huge wave that hit the vessel.
All 12 crew members, including its master, jumped in the Bay when it began to sink. Four of them, including the master, swam to a nearby port bound lighter vessel and eight took shelter at a mother vessel, he said.
Mercantile Marine Department has formed a three-member probe committee led by ASM Sirajul Islam, an engineer and ship surveyor of the department.
The committee has been asked to submit its reports with five working days.