Eight crew members of Turkish cargo ship Haksa have been
evacuated after the freighter started sinking while underway in the Adriatic
Sea, around 16 nautical miles off Croatia’s Jabuka Island, the Ministry of
the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia said on
distress call was sent early Sunday morning at around 04.00 a.m. after the ship
started taking on water, which flooded the ship’s engine room.
and Italian rescue agencies launched a coordinated rescue operation and alerted
all vessels in the vicinity of the incident.
tanker Valcadorea, which was the closest to the site, rerouted and managed to
reach the stricken ship shortly in order to evacuate the crew.
crew members of the total of thirteen, 11 Turkish and two Indian nationals,
were evacuated. However, the ship’s captain and four more crew members remained
on board the vessel to try to keep it afloat until rescue units arrive.
disclosed, the evacuated crew members were taken to Split, Croatia.
ministry said that there was no maritime pollution detected, however, as the
ship is transporting 3,000 tons of sinter magnesite and contains 70 tons
of fuel and lubricant oil, response crews were put ‘on standby’ in order to
curb and prevent any potential pollution from the cargo ship.
teams sent to the scene in the afternoon determined that the ship suffered
damages to the rear port side of its hull. The ruptured hull was temporarily
sealed and the water ingress successfully stopped, the ministry informed in an
a result, it was decided to tow the troubled vessel to Brodotrogir shipyard in
Trogir for repairs.