Thursday, 11 July 2013

Ship owner offers reward for tip leading to the recovery of six of its missing crewmen

The owner firm of Bangladeshi cargo vessel MV Hope yesterday offered a $6,000 reward for the information leading to the recovery of six of its missing crewmen — $1000 for each.

Captain Mohiuddin Abdul Kadir, representative of the insurance firm P&I (Protection and Indemnity) Club, said the ship owner’s agent in Thailand had offered the reward to draw attention of the local fishermen and boatmen.

The online version of Phuket Gazette, an English language newspaper of Thailand, uploaded a piece of news Tuesday afternoon, saying that the local fishermen had seen four bodies in life jackets floating around 50 km off the spot where the ship tilted.

On that night, the ship’s owner firm Trade Breeze Shipping Limited had contacted Captain Segsit I — an official of the ship owner’s agent firm in Thailand named Thoresen Shipping & Logistics — to verify the report, Captain Kadir told The Daily Star.

“We told him to take immediate measures to recover the bodies if they were missing crew of the MV Hope,” Kadir said.

The cargo ship tilted in the Andaman Sea near the coast of Phuket in Thailand on July 4. All the 17 crewmen abandoned the ship fearing that it would capsize.

Nine crewmen have so far been rescued, and bodies of two have also been recovered. But six other crewmen remained missing.

Meanwhile, three out of four crewmen, who were undergoing treatment at a hospital in Phuket after they were rescued on Thursday and Friday, would arrive in Dhaka tonight on a Bangkok Airways flight, said Captain Kadir.

They are seaman Abu Bakar Siddique, second officer Mohammad Mobarak Hossain, and deck cadet Raek Fairooz.

Engine cadet Mushfiqur needed to stay in the hospital for a week more, Kadir said.

He added that the bodies of chief officer Mahabub Morshed and chief engineer Kazi Saifuddin were supposed to be taken to Bangkok from Phuket today to complete some legal procedures.

Thursday 11 July 2013


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