43 containers fall off cargo into Bay

CHATTOGRAMAt least 43 containers fell into the Bay of

Bengal from a cargo vessel on Sunday morning near Hatiya while those were

being carried from Chattogram port to Pangaon Inland Container Terminal in

Keraniganj, Dhaka.

Mohammad Selim, deputy director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport

Authority (BIWTA), told journalists that as many as 43 containers out of 83

fell off cargo vessel 'KSL Gladiator' into waters amid rough weather near Lal

Boya of Bhasan Char area in Noakhali around 9 am Sunday on its way to

Pangaon.

Port sources said the cargo started shaking severely due to rough weather

and at one stage the containers fell into water.

However, vessel movement through Hatiya channel is not being hampered due

to the accident, port source said.

Selim further said Bangladesh Navy, Coast Guard and the Port Authorities

have launched search efforts for retrieving the containers.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)