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Bodies of 8 Divers Trapped Underwater Recovered in Persian Gulf

They trapped underwater while installing an underwater oil pipeline The bodies of eight of the thirteen divers trapped underwater have been recovered, according to Iran's official news agency. There is no word on the remaining divers.The divers - 7 Indians, 5 Iranians, and 1 Ukrainian - were part of a team installing an underwater oil pipeline. They were operating inside a pressurized diving chamber when their Koosha-1 ship sank in the Persian Gulf Thursday afternoon. The chamber was onboard the ship at the time wand the divers were inside - to avoid having to pressurize and depressurize for each dive.Officials say stormy weather was in the area when the nearly 3 decade old offshore support vessel sank, just 15 miles from Iran's coast.Six of the bodies recovered were found in the diving chamber that became trapped underwater. All six were Indians. Iran's official news agancy reports that two more bodies were recovered at the depth of 72 meters. Sixty of the 73 people onboard the vessel were rescued.The Koosha-1 is owned by the Iranian company, Darya Koosh Co. and operated by the UAE based, Simatech Shipping & Forwarding.Source: Maritime Executive

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The world s biggest oil tanker will enter the Persian Gulf s fleet

It is at the final stage of manufacture in South Korea The world's biggest oil tanker is expected to enter the Persian Gulf's fleet soon, announced Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC), a subsidiary of NIOC.The oil tanker is an FSU (Floating Storage and Unload vessel) and is at the final stage of manufacture in South Korea, said Mahmoud Zirakchian-zadeh, the managing director of IOOC.The oil tanker, according to Zirakhchian-zadeh, has a storage capacity of 2.2 million barrels of crude oil, for which about 300 million euros have been invested.The oil tanker is primarily for storing the crude oil from several oil fields of Iran in the Persian Gulf, aiming at direct export to global markets, Zirakchian-zadeh added.Source: Oil Voice

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