The vessel Bahadur Kadir Khan 1 allided with a concrete bridge over the Dhaleshwari River near Sirajdikhan Upazila, Bangladesh. The sand-laden Bahadur Kadir Khan 1 had struck one of the pillars of the bridge causing the bridge to partially collapse onto the vessel. The master of the Bahadur Kadir Khan 1 was able to escape without harm, but several pedestrians on the bridge sustained injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment. Local authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The lighter Sheba sank on June 5 on the Pashur River near Bagerhat, Bangladesh. The lighter was carrying 800 tons of clinkers from the cargo vessel Appicpi to a cement factory in Khulna when the vessel suffered structural failure. A crack formed in the hull and the lighter quickly began to flood before it partially sank in the river. The nine crew on board were quickly rescued. No reports of injuries.
The Sheba’s location does not prohibit traffic as it rests outside the navigation channel. No reports if the lighter will be salvaged or scrapped.
On December 14, the lighter MV Labs 1 sank near the outer anchorage of Chittagong, Bangladesh. The MV Labs 1 was carrying a cargo of 1050 tons of cement clinker when it was struck by another vessel. The lighter suffered water ingress and began to sink. The crew alerted the coast guard who dispatched a rescue ship to the scene. All 13 crew of the MV Labs 1 were safely rescued. No reports of injuries.