21/8/2017 12:00 am
BASRA / Saad Al-Sammak
The Iraqi Ports and Marine Command Company announced the rescue of 11 sailors after the ship sank with the Royal Arsenal in the territorial waters, while four sailors died.
The company's media official, Anmar al-Safi, told Al-Sabah that the collision occurred because of a maritime crossing between the service boat (SIP) while returning from the port of Al-Amaya oil and the Royal Vessel at the shipping corridor during its departure from the port of Umm Qasr. (5 km) from the port of Umm Qasr, causing the sinking of the boat and the interruption of contact with its crew of 27 sailors, including the captain of the boat.
He pointed out that the service boat is dedicated to carrying out logistics, deep-sea diving and transporting sailors and technicians working on the crane at the port of Al-Amaya. He confirmed that the Ministry of Transport and Ports Company are forming special committees to investigate the causes of the collision and determine the responsibility of the defaulters.
Local maritime sources confirmed that the maritime control of the ports company has closed the shipping corridor to the ships heading to the ports of Umm Qasr and Khor al-Zubayr to control the rescue operations with the participation of naval force and avoid the occurrence of navigation intersections in that area to ensure the safety of marine parts in charge of rescue.
The sailors appealed to the concerned authorities to rescue their missing children, stressing that they should be informed of the results of the investigations conducted by the company on the causes of the incident.
In the same file, maritime specialists revealed the lack of maritime personnel from additional staff to the basic standards of the output of maritime schools and career progression to lead marine parts.
One of the specialists criticized the appointment of the appointees at the port company to work in maritime navigation, stressing that the lack of attention to warnings and overcoming professional considerations in the work may be the risk of other disasters, in the event of the assessment and review of all crews of maritime navigation.
He noted that the ship's collision with the ship could have been avoided by a maneuvering capacity, although the two pieces were traveling at about 40 km per hour, causing material and human losses, as well as disrupting maritime traffic.