Wednesday, June 29, 2005
A Bahamas ship damaged two Bangladesh Navy vessels and the Navy jetty while arriving at the Chittagong Port, southeast of Bangladesh, local newspapers reported. The Bahamas flag carrier CEC Copenhagen, a container-loaded commercial vessel, hit the jetty pontoons of Bangladesh navy and two gunships when entering the Chittagong Port Channel. The Captain of the Bahamas flag carrier told Chittagong Port officials that the accident was due to failure in steering the vessel and strong winds that led him to lose control. The extent of the damage is yet to be ascertained. The Chittagong Port Authority has formed a three-member team to carry enquiry into the incident. CEC Copenhagen, carrying 585 containers to the Chittagong port from Tanjum Palapas port of Malaysia, was arrested and kept anchored at jetty No. 3 of the Chittagong port. This was the Second major accident after Sept. 21, 2003, when another container-loaded vessel hit the Navel flotilla jetty causing damage to at least 50 Frigates. The damage was then estimated at 1 billion taka (16.7 million US dollars).