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Missile hits Bangladeshi ship, one crew member killed

Crew being taken to Poland. The body of an engineer killed in the blast will stay on board, Lloyd’s List Intelligence reports

A Russian missile hit the Bangladesh-flagged bulk carrier Banglar Samriddhi near Mykolayiv port, killing the ship’s third engineer. Another ship, the Panama-flagged Helt, was reportedly shelled off Odessa

A BANGLADESH-flagged bulk carrier was hit by a missile, killing a crew member, according to reports.

Lloyd’s List Intelligence said the 2018-built, 38,894 dwt Banglar Samriddhi (IMO: 9793832) was hit while anchored off Oktyabrsk, Ukraine, at about midnight on March 2.

The Bangladesh Shipping Corp, which owns the vessel, said the ship was being evacuated and the crew would be taken to Poland, but would not be moved without ensuring their safety.

The body of the third engineer is being kept on board, according to a Lloyd’s List Intelligence casualty report citing a senior BSC official.

It said relatives of the remaining 28 crew had gathered outside the BSC’s Chittagong office for information.

They were unharmed and a fire started by the blast had been put out.

 

 

The ship had arrived on February 23 at the outer anchorage of the Ukrainian port of Olvia to load ball clay, the day before Russia invaded. It has been stranded ever since.

Yevgen Lisuchenko, Ukraine’s deputy permanent representative to the International Maritime Organization, said the ship had been shelled with one crew member confirmed dead. 

Another ship had been shelled 20 miles off Odessa on March 3, he said.

The Panama-flagged, 2,086 dwt general cargoship Helt (IMO: 8402589)) sustained damage below the waterline and was evacuated.

Mr Lisuchenko told Lloyd’s List the ship’s last report said it had a 70-degree roll and the crew were boarding life rafts.

It then disappeared from radar, he said.

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