Cargo vessel Saloos sinks in the Cabinda Gulf, West Africa

By Accidents

Saloos, ro-ro cargo vessel, has sunk near the entrance of Port of Cabinda (Angola), 383 km north of the capital Luanda. All crew members have been rescued, there is no information about pollution or any leakage. 

On May 15, MV Saloos was en route from Pointe Noire (Congo) to Cabinda when it began to take on water. The crew did not manage to stop the water ingress. The Saloos was increasingly listing portside and took up seven meters of water. The crew have been evacuated.

According to local media, the vessel sank in the early hours of May 17. The cause of the capsizing are being investigated. Manuel Neto, Cabinda navy commander, said:

“So far there is no information on how the vessel sank."

The Saloos was loaded with 155 containers with mixed cargo. The authorities have dispatched vessels to the scene which currently are trying to collect as much boxes as possible. 

MV Saloos (IMO number 8303185 and MMSI 371933000) is registered in Panama and owned by Navang Shipping. Operator of the 6,950-ton vessel is Jade SA (Greece). The vessel was chartered to Delmas.