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Turkish bulker Atlantik Confidence abandoned after fire, Indian ocean

March 31, 2013 at 11:16 by Mikhail Voytenko in Accidents

NATO Indian Ocean Task Force reported involvement in the rescue of Turkish bulk carrier Atlantik Confidence in Gulf of Aden in the morning Mar 30 13. Vessel reported fire in engine room and requested assistance, being in position off the island of Masirah (Oman). US frigate USS Nicholas was ordered to assist. Shortly after master of the distressed vessel ordered the crew to abandon the vessel. Helicopter from the frigate was dispatched to the scene and found all crew already in life boats without any seeming danger. Frigate coordinated the rescue of the crew by another Turkish vessel which happened to be nearby, a tanker YM Pluto (IMO 9464118). 21 Atlantik Confidence crew, all Turkish seamen, embarked the tanker, all are reported to be safe and sound. Bulk carrier reported to be partially sank and drifting. See map and photos at http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/267/Turkish-bulker-Atlantik-Confidence-abandoned-after-fire-Indian-ocean

  Turkish bulker Atlantik Confidence abandoned after fire, Indian ocean

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