Body of Azerbaijani captain, killed during a Turkish tanker explosion identified
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan 16 /Trend A.Tagiyeva/
The body of Azerbaijani Captain Khayyam Mammadov (born 1958), who was killed in an explosion of a tanker in the territorial waters of Albania has been identified, the company Saygi Denizcilik ve Elektrik, which owned the ship told Trend on Monday.
The company also said that Mammadov's body will be transferred to the Azerbaijani side after obtaining permission from the authorities of Albania.
The bodies of two Georgian citizens Melkaza Lazishvili (boatswain) and Becky Urushadze (sailor) were also identified.
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 whose state of health is normal.
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.