Turkish ship sinks off Oman after fire

A Turkish ship sank off Oman on Wednesday a day after an engine room fire and the evacuation of its 21-strong crew, Oman's transport ministry said.

The sultanate's official ONA news agency cited a ministry statement as saying that the Atlantik Confidence, flying the Liberian flag, sank at midday 144 nautical miles southeast of the island of Masirah, off the country's east coast.

On Tuesday, the ministry said the vessel's crew had been taken off after the fire, and that part of the ship had already foundered.

ONA said the Atlantik Confidence was carrying a cargo of steel reinforcing rods from Turkey to Oman for the construction of a new terminal building at Muscat airport.