Two crew members of Belgian shipping company Euronav died at Cape Horn

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Two crew members on board the MT Arafura, a tanker of the Belgian shipping company Euronav, were killed near Cape Horn on 11 September. This is reported by transport magazine Flows based on a statement from ship management. The two men of Indian nationality were hit by a large wave.

According to a statement from Northern Marine Management, the ship’s managers, MT Arafura was transiting from Porto do Açu in Brazil to Long Beach on the US west coast. While rounding Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America, the ship encountered bad weather conditions with large swells and waves. The chief mate and the bosun, both of Indian nationality, were struck by a wave as they attempted to send an alarm on the bow of the vessel.

Northern Marine is working to disembark and repatriate the deceased as soon as possible. The company also hopes to make some crew changes at the same time. An investigation is also underway into the exact circumstances of the accident.

The MT Arafura sails under the Belgian flag and is wholly owned by the Belgian, listed tanker shipping company Euronav.

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