A Bangladeshi sailor was killed yesterday evening after a missile struck Bangladesh Shipping Corporation’s bulker Banglar Samriddhi in Ukrainian waters. The ship has been stranded at Olvia port on the Black Sea since Russia invaded Ukraine eight days ago.
The deceased was the ship’s third engineer, Hadisur Rahman.
The rest of the crew survived and were able to extinguish a fire that broke out on the ship.
The ship looks like it was caught in the cross fire as Russian and Ukrainian troops exchanged fire over the Southern Buh river.
Two other bulk carriers and a chemical tanker have also been struck by military fire in the opening days of the conflict and there have been reports of other merchant ships being detained by Russian forces.
International Maritime Organization secretary-general Kitack Lim repeated over the weekend his message to keep seafarers safe from the conflict.
“Shipping, particularly seafarers, cannot be collateral victims in a larger political and military crisis – they must be safe and secure,” Lim said
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