Residents of South Horizon were alerted by crashing noise on Monday, watching sparks from bow’s collision with the ground, Maritime Bulletin reported.
At the time of the collision, the ship was moving at high speed, some 7.5 knots. TOUSKA was proceeding towards Hong Kong harbor, but suddenly turned hard a starboard and crashed into the island.
Since the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the ensuing removal of anti-Tehran sanctions, Iran’s shipping lines have stepped up efforts to make the best of the potentials created by JCPOA.
In February 2016, shipping routes between Iran and European ports were reopened after 7 years.