Egyptian Cargo Vessel Capsizes off Safaga Port

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Egyptian cargo vessel Taba (3,133 dwt, built 1985) capsized in the Red Sea around 20nm from Safaga Port on Sunday.

The vessel, managed by Lebanon-based SeaChart Marine, had left Safaga Port and was on its way to the Port of Duba, Saudi Arabia, when it started sinking due to a shift in the balance of 43 cargo trucks on-board the vessel.

A rescue team was sent from Safaga Naval base soon after it received distress signals from the crew and 37 passengers.  Most of them are said to be truck drivers.  Three crew members suffered fractures and six had bruises.  The incident is under investigation.

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