Iranian vessel stranded at Mion Island [Archives:2004/772/Front Page]

September 13 2004

Ridhwan Al-Saqqaf
Iranian vessel “Iran Ardebil” has stranded at the shore of Yemeni island of Mion following its crashing into heavy colonies of coral reefs on August 15.
Coming from the Arab Gulf en route to Europe, the vessel was loaded with over 2000 containers at a total cost of $55 million.
The cargo has been unloaded and transferred to Yemeni Aden Container Terminal so that the vessel can be towed, and repaired before resuming its journey.
Yemen Times learned that negotiations are undertaken with Yemeni Ports Authority to rescue the vessel and tow it to nearby ports after the Maritime Affairs Authority checks that there is no pollution caused by the vessel.
Minister of Transportation Omar Al-Amoudi said Yemeni authorities are doing their duty perfectly, in accordance with regulations and laws that authorize it to issue permits for international maritime rescue companies.