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Iranian ship carrying $1 mln worth of fruits sinks in Persian Gulf

Vessel that sank in the Persian Gulf was carrying 17 reefer containers of fruits from Iran to the UAE.

An Iranian vessel carrying more than $1 million worth of fruits and vegetables sank in the Persian Gulf waters near a port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) late on Tuesday.

Head of Iran’s National Association of Agricultural Products said on Wednesday that Iranian cargo ship, dubbed Self 2, sank some seven miles off the UAE port of Sharjah.

Reza Nourani said the ship was carrying 17 reefer containers of fruits and vegetables from Iran’s Bandar Lengeh for sales or re-exporting purposes in the UAE.

Nourani added that the cargo, which belonged to 15 Iranian companies, was worth some 350 billion rials (over $1 million).

He told the semi-official Fars news agency that the ship, which was worth 650 billion rials (nearly $2 million), drowned because of a hole in the its hull.

Mercury, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel that was sailing nearby, had rushed to the area and rescued the ship’s crew, said Nourani.

Iran is a major supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf.

Exports have surged in recent years in line with growing demand for Iranian crops in the region and also the increased government support for exports of non-oil products from Iran.

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