Iran calls for official Iraqi report on sinking of Iranian cargo ship
Tehran (IP)- Iran's Consulate General in Basra urged Iraqi officials to clarify the latest condition of the Iranian sunken ship's crews and called for an official report on the reason behind the incident.
Iran Press/Middle East: Following the sinking of "Behbahan" cargo ship in the waters of "Umm Qasr" Port of in Iraq, the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Basra contacted the relevant Iraqi authorities about the condition of the crew of the ship and called for an official report by the Iraqi official on the reason behind the incident.
One crew member of the Iranian cargo ship called ‘Behbahan’ has lost his life and two others are missing in the wake of an incident, Director General of Maritime Safety and Protection of Ports and Maritime Organization Nader Pasandeh said on Friday.
‘Behbahan’ has sunk in Iraq’s waters; On June 2, 2020, Behbahan's cargo ship was heading to Umm Qasr Port from Khorramshahr port city in southwest Iran when the incident occurred, the official added.
Director-General of Maritime Affairs of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, Nader Pasandeh, said an Iranian commercial vessel, carrying 850 tons of ceramic, sank off the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr in the early hours of Friday.
He noted that four crew members were rescued but two have died in the incident.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that preliminary investigations indicate that due to the unfavorable weather conditions and the strike of the waves on the cargo ship, its ceramic load has been pushed to one side of the ship, and this has caused the ship to sink.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Embassy and Consulate General of Iran in Iraq will coordinate necessary arrangement to return the 4 survivors and transfer the body of a citizen of our country who lost his life in this incident, the statement concluded.