Sudanese Navy launches search operation for floating containers in the Red Sea
October 29, 2022 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese naval forces are carrying out search operations off the coast of Sudan for containers carried by a merchant ship that sank in the Red Sea.
Following a major fire on October 5, the TSS Pearl sank 300 kilometers southeast of Port Sudan, the capital of the Red Sea state.
The Sudanese army spokesman said on Friday that “the arrival of some containers that were on board the international shipping line off the coast of Sudan” necessitated the operation as they could affect the movement of merchant vessels.
“Securing transmission lines and preserving the marine environment are among the main tasks of the Sudanese Naval Forces,” the Sudanese military stressed.
The 14-year-old vessel was transiting from Jeddah to Aden.
Built in China, the TSS Pearl was registered in Panama. It is owned by Alrafedain Marine Services, based in the United Arab Emirates, and operated by Tehama Shipping Services, another Emirati company.
All 25 crew members who abandoned the container ship were rescued by the Japanese car carrier Orion Leader and the vessel Saint Dimitrios a Bulk Carrier which sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands.
The Saudi border guard who rescued the crew said no one was injured and they were taken to the ports of Jizan,