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Two Sailors Killed After Wave Hits Tanker in Atlantic

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Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- The 47-year old captain of a Greek-owned tanker and a 33-year old chief mechanic were killed today after a wave hit the Aegean Angel as it was sailing in the mid-Atlantic toward the U.S. Gulf with a cargo of fuel oil.

The 34-year old Cypriot deputy captain was “seriously” injured in the incident after the three men were hit on the deck of the ship as they were checking for damage amid strong winds, a spokesman of Athens-based Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd. said by telephone today.

“The ship didn’t suffer any damage and is now sailing to the closest port which is in Bermuda to get treatment for the injured officer who is receiving medical attention on board while the company is in contact with the U.S. coastguard,” said the Arcadia Shipmanagment spokesman, who declined to be identified citing company policy.

The vessel, which was carrying its cargo from Tallinn in Estonia to Houston in Texas, sailed into bad weather with winds of beaufort force 8 and more around 800 miles from Bermuda, he said.

The six-year old Greek-flagged ship has a carrying capacity of 159,092 tons and was chartered by Clearlake Shipping Ltd, a unit of Gunvor International BV, which handles about one third of Russia’s seaborne oil exports, according to Bloomberg data.

To contact the reporters on this story: Paul Tugwell in Athens at +30-210-741-9073 or ptugwell1@bloomberg.net; Natalie Weeks in Athens at +30-210-741-9069 or nweeks2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net

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