Monday, April 04, 2005
3 Indian Sailors were crushed to death when their container ship collided with a cargo ship in the Dardanelles straits in western Turkey early Sunday, maritime officials said. The victims were among the crew of the Panamanian-registered container ship, MSC Roberta, which collided with the Greek-registered cargo ship, Aegean Wind, off the town of Gelibolu near the northern entrance to the straits, the officials said. MSC Roberta was on its way to Greece from Turkey and the Greek vessel was travelling from Ghana to Ukraine. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear. Both vessels were damaged and barriers would be erected to contain a small leak from the fuel tank of the MSC Roberta, officials said, adding that the straits had been closed to traffic until the Panamanian vessel had been towed to a safe area.