Bodies of two victims of Turkish tanker explosion are found
Azerbaijan, baku, Jan 16 /Trend A.Taghiyeva, E.Ismayilov/
The bodies of two crew members missing in an explosion in the Turkish tanker Edirne in Albanian territorial waters have been found and sent for identification, the company Saygi Denizcilik ve Elektrik, which owned the ship told Trend on Monday.
"Identification will end this afternoon local time," the company said.
Captain of the ship a citizen of Azerbaijan, Khayyam Mammadov and two from Georgia Melkaz Lazishvili (boatswain) and Beck Urushadze (sailor) are among the missing.
As mentioned by Saygi Denizcilik, the question of compensation will be discussed in conjunction with the company that insured the vessel. The name of the insurer is not specified.
According to preliminary reports, the cause of the explosion was non-decontaminating of the vessel's tanks after unloading the fuel.
Azerbaijani sailors Arif Amrakhov, Safa Ibragimov and Ramil Melikov were also included in the crew of the vessel, the Azerbaijan State Maritime Administration told Trend.
"The crash is being investigated at the moment and the Azerbaijani side will receive all the details after that period. Three crew members are still missing, among them the captain of the ship Mamedov and two Georgian sailors." Maritime Administration said, adding that rescued 12 crew members are currently in hospital.
There were six Georgia crew, four from Azerbaijan, three Turkey and two from Ukraine on board.
The Turkish tanker Edirne sank after an explosion in the cargo hold on January 15, three miles from Durres, Albania, on the Adriatic Sea. The tanker unloaded more than 3000 tons of fuel in Durres and was leaving the harbour.
Tanker Edirne IMO 7704291 has deadweight of 4112 tons and was built in 1980 flying the flag of Sierra Leone. The operator is SAYGI DENIZCILIK VE ELEKTRIK.