Dubai-bound ro-ro vessel capsizes off Egypt

The Egyptian ro-ro cargo vessel Taba capsized in the Red Sea 20 nautical miles from Safaga Port due to her cargo shifting.
The Egyptian ro-ro cargo vessel Taba capsized in the Red Sea 20 nautical miles from Safaga Port due to her cargo shifting.
The Egyptian ro-ro cargo vessel Taba capsized in the Red Sea 20 nautical miles from Safaga Port due to her cargo shifting.

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The Egyptian ro-ro cargo vessel Taba (3,133 dwt, launched in 1985) capsized in the Red Sea 20 nautical miles from Safaga Port on Sunday with 43 trucks and 37 passengers on-board.

Taba had departed from Safaga Port and was bound for the Port of Duba in Saudi Arabia when it developed an uncontrolled list due to the shifting of her cargo of 43 trucks in rough seas.

A distress signal was sent when it became clear the ship was in danger of capsizing. The Safaga Naval Base sent a rescue team for the crew and 37 passengers, mostly truck drivers, but the ship had already overturned by the time they arrived on the scene.

There were no reports of fatalities and only three crew members were seriously injured, with fractures, while a further six suffered bruising.

Authorities are now investigating the incident. The vessel is managed by Lebanon-based SeaChart Marine.

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