An Iranian merchant ship with a cargo of iron on board sank on its way to the port of Umm Qasr (Iraq) in the northern part of the Persian Gulf.
TASS reports citing the Iraqi Ministry of Transport that the Turan ship was wrecked in the Khor-Abdullah canal leading to the port. The ministerial department of maritime control and management said that the accident occurred 'for technical reasons.'
Six members of the Turan's crew survived; they were rescued and taken to the shore by coast guard boats, sailing close to the crash site. The Iraqi Ministry of Transport assures that the incident did not affect the operation of the port. The ships leave for the Persian Gulf and pass to the port terminals, as usual, it noted.
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