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Iranian boxship and Indonesian bulker grounded near Batam

An Iranian containership Shahraz suffered severe damage in a suspected collision with Indonesian bulker Samudra Sakti 1 near Batam Island early on Monday morning.

Local press in Batam, Indonesia quoted the Head of Batam Basarnas Post, Ronaldi as saying "We suspect a collision, the two ships are so close together.” The two vessels were located near Sambu Island off Batam having grounded

Video (above) shows the 2008-built, 86,018 dwt, Iranian-flagged containership Shahraz having apparently suffered a broken-back, while the 2001-built 23,573 dwt Indonesian-flagged bulker Samadra Sakti is grounded nearby. An industry source said that refloating the Shahraz would likely require a major salvage operation involving the lightering of containers from the boxship.

It is unknown if there was any pollution from the accident and details of the incident remain sketchy.


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