Sunken vessel blocks Bangladesh port channel

Sunken vessel blocks Bangladesh port channel
12 October 2006

At least 30 foreign and local merchant ships have been stranded at Bangladesh’s main Chittagong port after a sunken vessel had jammed the port channel, officials said on Thursday.

"Ship movement was suspended early today when a local lighter ship sank in the port channel," a traffic official of the Chittagong Port authority said.

The port channel connects port berths with the outer anchorage in the Bay of Bengal.

The small vessel MV Shah Bodor-1 was carrying cement and was believed to have sunk due to overloading. All 15 crew were either rescued or swam to safety.
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