Casualties – Car Carrier AL SALMY 6 sinks – 17.03.2022

On Thursday 17th March, 2022 around 0600 UTC the 1983 built car carrier AL SALMY 6 developed heavy list in the Persian Gulf off Iranian coast in rough weather. An Iranian official said that 16 crew members have been rescued from the United Arab Emirates ship that sank 30 miles from Iran’s Asaluyeh port while transporting cars, AFP and the official IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.

Capt. Nizar Qaddoura, the operations manager of the Salem Al Makrani Cargo company, confirmed to The Associated Press that AL SALMY 6 sunk off Iran. He said that rescuers had saved 16 crew members. Another 11 had made it onto a life raft, while one person was saved by a nearby tanker. Two crew members were still in the water. The crew consisted of nationals from Sudan, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Qaddoura said. The vessel had been on her way to Umm Qasr, Iraq, carrying cars and other cargo, he said.

AL SALMY 6 was built in Spain by Navantia Carenas San Fernando at San Fernando as a vehicle carrier for Lineas Suardiaz, Spain as VELAZQUEZ until March 2010 where she was renamed and reflagged to Comoros as homeport – Moroni. Shortly after she was purchased she was spotted at Bunkering Area 6, Malta on 9th April, 2010 (See All Images).

In 2018 she was reflagged to United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Severe weather pounded the Arabian Gulf starting on Wednesday, the state-run Iran Meteorological Organization reported, warning of powerful wind gusts that would disrupt maritime activities in the gulf and and damage offshore facilities through Saturday. Wind speeds are expected to exceed 70 kph (40 mph) in Iran’s Bushehr province.

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Published – Thursday 17th March, 2022.