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Two Seafarers die aboard vessel during cleaning exercise

Two crew members aboard a bulk
carrier, owned by Croatian company Atlantska Plovidba, have lost their lives
during tank cleaning operations.

Two more seafarers were injured
in the incident that occurred aboard the 39,000-dwt vessel AP Dubrava in late
afternoon hours of July 17, according to the shipowner.
At the time, the Marshall
Islands-flagged ship was sailing off the coast of Brazil. It immediately ceased
its commercial voyage and headed toward the nearest port, the port of Tubarao
in Brazil, that was 150 nautical miles away.
A Brazilian navy helicopter was
sent to provide assistance to the vessel. The medical team has confirmed the
death of the two crew, while the other two seafarers were transported by
helicopter to land for observation.
Another sailor who was not
directly involved in the incident has been transported to hospital, presumably
due to stress, Atlantska Plovidba said.
Relevant Marshall Islands
authorities are scheduled to conduct an investigation.
World Maritime News.

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