The container loader capsizes at the quay of the port of Castellón
A food vessel carrying containers along the Spanish coast capsized in the port of Castellón, Spain. Three crew members were injured and a search is underway for two people who are still missing. The port was closed for the search and rescue operation.
the Nazmiye Ana, a 2,085 dwt Panamanian-flagged container ship, was carrying out loading operations at the Centenario wharf when the vessel lost stability and capsized. The local fire department reported being notified of the accident at 8:50 p.m. this evening. 10 people are believed to have been dumped in the port, including the ship’s crew and dockworkers handling the containers.
The fire department said it had mobilized its water rescue units and five dive teams were dispatched to the port. Port police, harbor tugs, maritime rescue teams and the Red Cross are helping.
Reports say one person, a 46-year-old man, was picked up and rushed to the emergency room in critical condition. A second person, a 31-year-old male, was also taken to hospital in stable condition. A third person was treated at the scene of the accident and did not require hospitalization. It is not known whether other members of the ship and dockers were recovered or unscathed in the crash.
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The ongoing rescue operation is looking for a longshoreman who was working on the cargo and a member of the ship’s crew. Rescue teams said they would continue to search through the night and into the morning.
Early reports are uncertain whether the vessel capsized due to cargo operations or whether the vessel lost stability due to an imbalance of its containers.
Salvamento Maritimo reports having deployed anti-pollution barriers around the ship to contain a fuel spill. The Port Authority of Castellón has activated its emergency plan.
Built in 1986, the Nazmiye Ann would be owned by Sinop Shipping Corp. from Turkey. The ship was 260 feet in length. He had sailed from Barcelona to Castellón.