Two Chinese crew members have died after allegedly inhaling poisonous gas on a cargo ship carrying non-coking coal from Indonesia about 130km from Haldia port. Another two members of staff fell sick during the incident on 21 April. The two crew members that died have been identified as An Bai Bong, 46, and Bing Sing Bao, 35. Those who fell ill are 35-year-old Sun Liuhua and Yang Zhigang, 36. The crew members were evacuated by the Haldia Coast Guard and admitted to hospital on Monday, officers at Durgachok police station said. The Panama-flagged vessel, TUO FU 3, was carrying around 60,000 tonnes of non-coking coal that was meant to be unloaded on to barges at the sand heads about 130km from Haldia port and transported through the River Hooghly to the state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power plant in Farakka, Murshidabad.
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Local boat suspected of involvement in tanker robbery
A local boat is suspected to be involved in the robbing of almost three million litres of diesel from a Japanese tanker, Naniwa Maru 1, by eight criminals in the waters of Port Klang, near Pulau Ketam, early Tuesday morning.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) enforcement chief, Capt Christopher Dass said based on the investigation through the marine radar system, a local boat was at the same location of the tanker when the robbery occurred.
"We are still trying to identify the owner of the boat in our ongoing investigation," he said when contacted today.
It was reported that in the incident about 1am on April 22, the Naniwa Maru 1 with 18 crew and carrying a cargo of 4.5 million litres of diesel from Singapore and heading for Yangon, Myanmar was robbed by eight men, suspected to be Indonesians and armed with two pistols and a machete.
The robbers escaped with almost three million litres of diesel, communications equipment and personal belongings and cash taken from the ship's crew.
Three of the crew holding important positions, namely the ship master, chief officer and chief engineer, were also taken away and the initial investigation indicated that they might have abetted the heist.
On developments of the investigation, Dass said they still had not completed taking down statements from the other crew members comprising 10 Thais, seven Indonesians and an Indian national.
So far, they have taken statements from the second engineer, the second officer and three or four other crew members.
Dass said the MMEA Forensic Unit were also taking finger prints from the ship in its investigation.
"I've been made to understand that the tanker's owner in Singapore has appointed an agent to liaise with us and four representatives of the Indonesian embassy have also visited the ship to obtain more information on the incident," he said.
Asked on how long the tanker would be berthed in Port Klang, he said it would depend on the investigation and the appointment of a new ship master. www.mysinchew.com...