Disasters 2012

Date
Event
Vessel lost
People died
January 2
Boxship Main Trader suspect in hit&run accident
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January 8
Taiwanese freighter Tycoon sank in Christmas Island harbor
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January 11
Korean fishing vessel Jung Woo 2 destroyed by fire in Antarctic
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3
January 13
Boxship FAS Provence sank in Mediterranean
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January 13
Costa Concordia disaster
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25 ?
January 15
An explosion tore apart South Korean tanker Doola No.3
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10
January 15
Turkish tanker Edirne sank in Adriatic sea after an explosion
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3
January 15
Irish fishing vessel Tit Bonhomme sank in Co Cork
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5
January 15
Lady Moon sank approaching Sharjah port
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January 16
Jack-up KS Endeavour on fire, offshore vessel Mako destroyed
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2?
January 21 - 22
Freighters Sun Spirits and Seaford 2 sank in Philippines waters
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January 25
Fishing vessel Hallgrimur sank in Norwegian sea
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3
January 31
General cargo vessel Vera sank off Eregli, Black sea
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7
February 1
Rabaul Queen disaster
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126
February 2
The sinking of Bolivian general cargo vessel Katrine Krog
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February 3
Ro-ro Astongate lost 52 cars in rough Japan sea
February 7
Russian freighter Tanya Karpinskaya sank after collision
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February 8
Turkish coaster Hay K and Russian ferry Feruz beached by the storm in Samsun
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February 10
Freighter Bien Nam 17 sank on Dong Nai river
1
February 16
Tanker Karakumneft in full load ran aground in Kurilsk, Kuril Islands
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February 17
Superyacht Yogi sank in Aegean sea
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February 18
Chinese freighter Xin Yuan Shun 6 sank in Taiwan Strait
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10
February 26
Fishing trawler Esther sinks off the Canary Islands
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February 27
Dredger Chabira sank in Klaipeda, Lithuania
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February 28
Tra Ly 18 sank in Tonkin Bay
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March 01
Dozens of vessels trapped in ice in frozen Azov sea
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March 01
Indian bulk carrier Prabhu Daya is a prime suspect in a deadly hit and run accident
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5
March 02
Chinese freighter Boyun 018 sank after collision
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8
March 03
Cursed name. Another Jung Woo fishing vessel destroyed by fire.
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2
March 05
Tanker Alfa 1 sank in Saronic Gulf under unclear circumstances
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1
March 09
Freighter Serunting 1 sank in Sunda Strait, at least 15 missing
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15?
March 09
Boxship Celina grounding
March 10
Tanker Gelso M grounding
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March 10
Collision m/v Seagate vs. reefer Timor Stream
March 10
Fishing vessel Lady Cecelia sank near Willapa Bay, Washington
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4
March 13
Ferry Shariatpur-1 tragedy
132 ?
March 13
Chinese freighter Yuan Tong sank after leaving Ship Repair Yard
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8
March 13
Tanker Kenos Athena with 7000 tons of sulfur acid sank in South China Sea
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March 15
Stolt Valor on fire and drifting after explosion, Persian Gulf
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1
March 15
Fishing vessel Easy Rider sank in New Zealand
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8
March 15
Boxship Bareli broke in two on a reef
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March 17
Locals torched the vessels of the owner of sank ferry Rabaul Queen
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March 19
The sinking of Ocean Glory
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8
March 20
Cargo vessel Shivan sank in Arabian sea
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22
March 23
Trawler Kasuga Maru sank in East China sea
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2
April 03
German freighter Carrier ran aground in Irish sea
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April 03
Freighter New Lucky VII sank in East China Sea
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6
April 09
Vietnamese freighter Truong Hai Star sank after collision with Thai bulk carrier Krairatch Dignity
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April 11
General cargo vessel Tikhon Syomushkin sank in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Port
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April 11
Trawler Onward destroyed by fire
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April 16
Chinese boxship Yong Cai sank Japanese fishing vessel
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2
April 21
Fishing vessel Hsin Man Chun destroyed by fire, Pacific
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April 30
Brahmaputra ferry tragedy, India
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200?
May 1
Tug Al Deebel hit by explosion of the SPM, Persian Gulf
7
May 6
Spanish fishing vessel Loamar Segundo sank in the Atlantic
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May 12
Freighter Rio Turbio sank after collision with tug Ava Payagua, Parana
7
May 19
Turkish freighter Erol Senkaya sank in Ionian sea
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4
May 26
Oceanic trawler Kapitan Bolsunovskiy sank in Bering sea
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May 29
Coaster Jinghuai 188 sank near Shanghai
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3
June 8
Freighter Miss Ellisa capsized and sank on Demerara river, Guyana
1
June 12
Passenger vessel Josille-II sank in Palawan, Philippines
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5
June 18
Fishing vessel No.53 Chung Yong on fire
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June 28
Bulgarina freighter Seawind sank in South Atlantic
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?
July 1
Freighter B&E Uno sank off Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
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July 1
m/v Sea Angel sank off Karachi
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July 8
Coaster Indra Jaya sank off Malacca Strait
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4
July 9
Fishing vessel Actinia sank in North sea
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July 11
Cargo vessel Changqing 16 sank in Yangtze River
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9
July 13
Mutiny on Italian trawler Fatima II, skipper killed, vessel hijacked
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1
July 14
Fire on board of container ship MSC Flaminia in the Atlantic
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3
July 18
Ferry Skagit WSF sank in Tanzania
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145 ?
July 19
A dredge Arthur J sank, and a tug Madison capsized, in lower Lake Huron
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July 20
Dozens of prostitutes burned alive on board of offshore supply vessel, Nigeria
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30 ?
July 26
Fire and explosion on chem tanker Bunga Alpinia, Borneo
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5
July 29
Ferry Super Shuttle Roro 1 capsized engulfed in fire after grounding
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1
August 1
South Korean tug Kosco 202 sinking in South China sea off Luzon, crew rescued
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August 3
Cruise vessel Didim Mavisi destroyed by fire, 100 passengers safe
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August 8
French cable layer vessel Chamarel on fire and grounded, Namibia
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August 10
Trawler Audacious - BF 83 sank off Lossiemouth, North sea
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August 12
Ukrainian freighter Yukka sank on Eregli Road after fire on board
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August 16
Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze aground and battered by storm, Chile
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August 23
Greek bulk carrier Thermopylae Sierra sank on the road of Colombo
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August 26
Tug Phil Pasig capsized with crew trapped inside, Philippines
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1
August 28
Two Chinese fishing vessels with 34 crew sunk by typhoon Bolaven in East China Sea
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16
August 28
Bulk carrier Pacific Carrier broke in two in typhoon Bolaven
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August 30
Dutch freighter Hammelwarden abandoned and adrift off Sahara, Atlantic
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?
September 1
British trawler Chloe T sank in English Channel
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September 6
Vietnamese freighter Hoang Thinh 8 sank in Gulf of Tonkin
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5
September 9
Fire on container ship Amsterdam Bridge
September 9
Local fishing boat sunk by Taiwanese bulk carrier Tai Harvest, China
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6
September 11
Trawler Sarah Jayne capsized off Berry Head, Brixham
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1
September 14
Tug CMM Coatzacoalcos sank or capsized, Veracruz, Mexico
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2
September 15
Taiwanese freighter New Lucky 3 crew evacuated, vessel drifting with heavy list, Taiwan
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1
September 19
Chinese Dong He on fire, crew rescued by Japanese Coast Guard
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September 23
Reefer Vest sank in Okhotsk sea
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2?
September 24
Long liner Horiei Maru sank after collision with freighter Nikkei Tiger
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13
September 25
Major fire on Greek freighter Everton, Mozambique Strait
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September 26
Indonesian ferry Bahuga Jaya sank after collision with LPG tanker Norgas Cathinka
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8+
September 29
Unidentified tanker, allegedly m/t Shun Cheng, on fire in Gulf of Tonkin
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1
October 1
Passenger vessel Lamma IV and ferry collided in Honk Kong
39
October 5
Two Chinese freighters caught fire in Japanese waters in 8 days
October 18
Malaysian freighter Shinline 8 sank off Jeju island, East China sea
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5
October 20
Chinese reefer Ming Yang on fire in the Pacific
October 27
Taiwanese longliner Chin Zuei Yin on fire, 28 crew evacuated, Pacific ocean
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October 27
m/v Amurskaya and itsí cargo of gold disappearance
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9
October 29
HMS Bounty sank off Hatteras, Atlantic ocean
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2
October 30
Vietnamese freighter Saigon Queen sank off Sri Lanka
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4
October 31
The failure of the Captain. Indian tanker Pratibha Cauvery tragedy.
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6
December 4
Black sea disaster. m/v Volgo-Balt 199 sank, rescue boat Kiyiemniyeti 7 crashed in S&R.
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12?
December 5
Corvus J and Baltic Ace collision, North sea
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11
December 6
Hopper Onezhskaya sank in Ust-Luga Port
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December 15
Bulk carrier Yi He 6 Hao sank after grounding, China
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December 22
Crew of the Korean freighter Han Splendor rescued, vessel still afloat, Pacific
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December 29
Freighter Ocean Legacy sank offloading container on pier, Ormoc, Philippines
December 29
Vietnamese freighter Royal Prime sank or still afloat abandoned by crew, South China Sea
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?
Total Year 2012
78
981
January 2
German boxship Main Trader accused of hit and run by captain of sank f/v BTH 98379 TS
At 0810 LT Jan 2 German boxship Main Trader reported rescue of 15 fishermen from sank f/v BTH 98379 TS, and delivered them to Nha Trang same day. On Jan 9 captain of BTH 98379 TS filed a report to Nha Trang authorities, accusing Main Trader in sinking his vessel. The report says BTH 98379 TS was some 44 nm South of Phu Quy Island, roughly in position 09 45N 109 00E, South China sea, when engine failed, leaving BTH 98379 TS disabled and drifting. At about 0800 LT Jan 2 BTH 98379 TS was struck by a freighter cruising at high speed, says Vietnamese captain. Some of the 15 crew were thrown overboard by the impact. Those remaining on board managed to send distress signal before vessel sank with all their assets and some ten tons of fish. MRCC Vietnam identified distress signal, sinking vessel and ships in the vicinity of BTH 98379 TS, asking Main Trader as closest to the accident to rescue BTH 98379 TS crew. Main Trader changed the course, and on arrival to the place of an accident found and rescued all 15 crew, called in Nha Trang to disembark rescued crew, and then resumed voyage to China. As of Jan 9 Main Trader is on Shenzhen port. Vietnamese authorities started an investigation. The owner of BTH 98379 TS demands compensation $200,000 for the sank vessel and $50,000 for the fish.
Comment: Predictably, no data found on fishing vessel BTH 98379 TS.
Boxship Main Trader IMO 9377561, dwt 38060, capacity 2702 TEU, built 2008, flag Liberia, manager Buss H, Germany.
January 8
Taiwanese freighter Tycoon sank in Christmas Island harbor
General cargo vessel Tycoon had been loading phosphate on Christmas Island, Indian ocean, for three days when it was pushed against the sea wall by a heavy swell at Flying Fish Cove on Jan 8 2012. Vessel broke its mooring and suffered damage down one side of its hull as it tore against the rocks. The 15 crew was forced to jump into the ocean to waiting navy rescuers, none were injured, theyíve been taken to shore to temporary accomodation. Tycoon partially sank, sending phosphate across the reef and damaging the crane that loads supplies to residents and the island's detention centre. Tycoon remains visible but its hull is sitting on the bottom of the cove after a night smashing against the island's jagged cliffs. A supply vessel due to dock at Christmas Island Jan 8 was unable to unload cargo because of the potential damage and the dangerous seas. Residents say the stench of diesel from the vessel is overpowering and worry about the effect on the island's iconic red crabs. Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It is located 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) northwest of the Western Australian city of Perth, 360 km (220 mi) south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, coordinates 10 29S 105 38E.
General cargo vessel Tycoon IMO 8304220, dwt 4129, built 1983, flag Panama, manager OCEAN GROW INTERNATIONAL, Taiwan. Pics of distressed Tycoon and crew rescue from Australian media.
Tycoon disaster update
The hapless Tycoon reportedly, broke in two, fuel is leaking out, though 100 tons of fuel on board hardly may cause an ecological disaster. No salvage and cleaning operations are possible at the moment due to stormy weather. The Flying Fish Cove seems to be open for wind and sea from certain directions, itís strange nobody directed vessel to move out of port before the oncoming storm. All in all, it seems like m/v Tycoon is the first ocean-going freighter to sink in year 2012. A record hardly to be envied.



January 11
Korean fishing vessel Jung Woo 2 destroyed by fire in Antarctic
The Jung Woo 2 issued a distress call in the early hours of the morning (NZDT) January 11 from position 73-25S 179-11E. This was picked up by Hong Jin 707 and relayed to RCCNZ by the NZ vessel Antarctic Chieftain just before 3am (NZDT). Two other Korean fishing vessels (Jung Woo 3 and Hong Jin 707) have evacuated crew from the Jung Woo 2, rescuing 25 people in a lifeboat and 12 on board. Three crew members are believed to have died in the fire in the vesselís accommodation block. Two of the rescued crew members from the Jung Woo 2 had extensive burn injuries and another five have less serious burns. American research vessel Nathaniel B Palmer was able to reach Jung Woo 3 and Hong Jin 707 and pick up injured fishermen. Vessel delivered them to McMurdo Station, a United States Airforce (USAF) C-130 Hercules aircraft took injured to Christchurch, NZ. No news about Jung Woo 2 since then, vessel presumably burned out and is a total loss.
Fishing vessel Jung Woo 2 (ex Koryo Maru 32) IMO 8509960, length 58 meters, beam 9 meters, built 1985. 40 crew members are from Korea, Vietnam, Russia and Indonesia.

January 13
Boxship FAS Provence sank in Mediterranean
Towed from Dakar unmanned boxship FAS Provence sank in position 34 35.2N, 015 13.7E (80 nm SSE of Malta, Delimara Point, on Medina Bank) at 0400 local time Jan 13. Vessel was towed by tugs West and Izmir Bull. On Jan 12 master of Izmir Bull informed Malta maritime authorities, that the condition of FAS Provence is deteriorating, vessel developed a growing list.
Boxship FAS Provence IMO 8508436, dwt 8050, capacity 581 TEU, built 1986, flag Bahamas, manager Doehle (IOM) Ltd, Isle of Man.

January 15
An explosion tore apart South Korean tanker Doola No.3
At around 0805 LT Jan 15 an explosion tore apart South Korean tanker Doola No.3 three miles north of Jawol Island near Incheon, Yellow sea. Tanker was in ballast, so apparently, blast was caused by gas in empty cargo tanks. Vessel broke in two and partially sank, 5 crew killed and 5 or 6 missing, which in sum accounts for two thirds of the 16 crew, 11 Koreans and 5 Myanmar. Chemical tanker Doola No.3 IMO 9262106, dwt 6536, built 2002, flag South Korea, manager DOOLA SHIPPING CO LTD. On photos Doola after and before an explosion.

January 15
Turkish tanker Edirne sank in Adriatic sea after an explosion
Turkish tanker Edirne sank on Jan 15 some 3 nm of Durres Albania, Adriatic sea, after an explosion on board. Vessel offloaded in Durres more than 3000 tons of fuel and assumedly left the port. Gas in empty cargo tanks is the first thing to come on mind as the reason for the explosion. 3 crew died, Azeri nationality Master of the vessel and two able seamen, Georgian nationalities. 12 crew, mostly Georgians, were rescued. Tanker Edirne IMO 7704291, dwt 4112, built 1980, flag Sierra Leone, manager SAYGI DENIZCILIK VE ELEKTRIK.

January 15
Irish fishing vessel Tit Bonhomme sank in Co Cork
Irish fishing vessel Tit Bonhomme sank near the mouth of Glandore Harbour in Co Cork in the morning Jan 15. Presumably vessel sank after hitting rocks near Eve island. 1 fisherman rescued, 5 are missing, search is under way. Fishing vessel Tit Bonhomme Callsign EI7050, flag Ireland, length 22 meters.

January 15
Lady Moon sank approaching Sharjah port
Bunkering tanker Lady Moon sank around 0615 LT Jan 15 approaching Sharjah port near Hamriya port breakwater, area of Sharjah port. Vessel lies very close to the concrete wall with mast and radar antenna barely visible. Authorities fear not only some leaks from tanker, but possible damages to breakwater in case of rough weather. Nothing is said yet about the cargo, authorities canít find the owner, as of morning Jan 19. 5 Indian crew are save in Sharjah. Authorities canít give details on the cause of the sinking, though at a first glance, it looks like the result of the collision, with breakwater or other vessel. Bunkering tanker Lady Moon IMO 9410557, dwt 242, built 2006, flag Panama, manager KAMELOS TRADING LLC, UAE.
January 16
Jack-up KS Endeavour on fire, offshore vessel Mako destroyed
A possible failure of surface equipment during drilling operations may have caused the fire that erupted on board the jack-up KS Endeavour (300' ILC) offshore Nigeria early Jan 16, Chevron Corp. reported in a statement. The rig has partially collapsed. Two contract workers missing after a fire broke out. One hundred fifty-two workers on the rig and Hercules Offshore multipurpose vessel Mako were evacuated. Hercules reported Tuesday that the Mako has likely been lost in the fire.The vessel was providing excess storage services adjacent to the KS Endeavour drilling rig when the fire broke out Monday. The vessel has an insured value of $8 million, subject to a $1 million deductible, which would not apply in the event the vessel is a total loss. At the time of the fire, KS Endeavour was drilling a natural gas exploration well at the Funiwa field approximately six miles offshore Nigeria and in approximately 40 feet of water.
Multipurpose offshore vessel Mako IMO 8765723, GRT 440, built 2003, flag USA.

January 21 - 22
Freighters Sun Spirits and Seaford 2 sank in Philippines waters
Japanese freighter Sun Spirits sank off eastern coast of Philippinesís province Catanduanes on the night of Jan 22. Vessel issued distress signal on Jan 21, reporting growing list, en route from province Leyte port to China with cargo of iron ore, so it looks like shifting of the cargo again, either because of rough weather, or because of high moisture of the ore. Crew of 12 Indonesians and two Koreans rescued by Philippines freighter and fishing vessel.
General cargo vessel Sun Spirits IMO 9416953, dwt 10903, built 2007, flag Panama, manager Noma Shipping Co., Japan.
Freighter Seaford 2 sank on the night of Jan 22 off the coast of central Philippines province Antique en route to Antique port, loaded with cement sacks. Vessel got a hole after collision with underwater object. 18 crew was rescued by local fishermen. Photo of sinking m/v Seaford 2.
General cargo vessel Seaford 2 IMO 8332227, dwt 1100, built 1976, flag Philippines, manager Trans Olango Shipping Corp., Manila.

January 25
Fishing vessel Hallgrimur sank in Norwegian sea
Fishing vessel Hallgrimur sank in Norwegian sea on Jan 25. EPIRB was activated at 1422 LT in position some 270 kilometers NW from Stad. Helicopter of the Rescue Center Southern Norway in the late afternoon airlifted from water 1 of the 4 crew, other 3 went missing, there are debris in the area and empty life raft. Vessel was caught in strong storm with hurricane force wind in gusts, while en route from Iceland to Norway for scrap. All crew was presumably Iceland. Thereís almost no data on Hallgrimur except Callsign TFAV.

January 31
General cargo vessel Vera sank off Eregli, Black sea
General cargo vessel Vera sank on Jan 31 at around 1930 LT off Eregli, Turkey, Black sea. Vessel anchored in strong storm off Eregli, loaded with scrap en route from Russian port to Izmir. 4 crew survived, among them 2 and 3 officers and a cook, woman, and 7 are missing, crew is 10 Ukrainians and 1 Georgian, reports Salvage Turkey. On pics sinking Vera and Vera in better days. General cargo river-sea type Vera (ex Geroi Tripolya) IMO 8826254, dwt 2850, built 1977, flag Cambodia, manager TEKSO DENIZCILIK VE TURIZM, Turkey.

February 1
Rabaul Queen disaster
Ferry Rabaul Queen went missing at 0830 AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time UTC-011:00) Feb 02 between port Lae, eastern coast of Papua New Guinea, and port Kimbe, New Britain island, in position 06-31.5S 147-59.7E at 2349 UTC Feb 01. Australian media said there were 372 people aboard, including 12 crew, many of the passengers being students.
Boxship Zhong He (dwt 51609 IMO 9067556) rescued 29 people from ferry Rabaul Queen. Vesselís watch spotted sinking ferry, or debris of the already sank ferry, at 1208 LT Feb 02 and reported to authorities, which immediately ordered the vessel to come to rescue. Boxship MOL Summer (dwt 46321, IMO 9321902) has been appointed on scene coordinator of Search and Rescue operation by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). 246 people rescued as of 0000 Feb 03, 126 are missing.
Passenger / ro-ro vessel Rabaul Queen IMO 8351297, GRT 259, built 1983, flag Papua New Guinea, owner ORSPAC SALVAGE. On a pic from National Geographic Rabaul Queen.

February 2
The sinking of Bolivian general cargo vessel Katrine Krog
Shipspottin.com member trammel (http://forum.shipspotting.com/index.php?action=profile;u=8691) reported the sinking of Bolivian general cargo vessel Katrine Krog. He quotes local information from Jeremie, Haiti Ė vessel sinking after grounding on Jan 13 2012, due to dragged anchor and engine failure. On a pic vessel as of Feb 02. General cargo vessel Katrine Krog IMO 6922779, dwt 1170, built 1969, flag Bolivia, manager/owner unknown.

February 3
Ro-ro Astongate lost 52 cars in rough Japan sea
Ro-ro Astongate arrived to Vladivostok port on Feb 3 from Japan loaded with second-hand cars. During the voyage in winter Japan sea vessel encountered rough weather, 52 cars from 64 loaded on upper deck were washed away. On pics surviving damaged cars on upper deck, lost cars washed upon the Primorye region coastline. Ro-ro vessel Astongate IMO 8310968, GRT 4998, built 1984, flag Cambodia, manager Natie Shipping Co., Vladivostok.

February 7
Russian freighter Tanya Karpinskaya sank after collision
At 1115 LT Feb 07 boxship Kota Duta struck general cargo vessel Tanya Karpinskaya in Niigata port, Japan, in position 37 58.0N 139 13.0E. m/v Tanya Karpinskaya was moving from one berth to another. Vessel got a hole in midship area, listed and then capsized, in 30 minutes after collision. 17 crew went to 2 life rafts and was rescued by Coast Guard, no injures reported.
General cargo vessel Tanya Karpinskaya IMO 7504433, dwt 2621, built 1975, flag Russia, manager East Way LLC, Vladivostok.
Boxship Kota Duta IMO 9483487, dwt 8214, built 2011, flag Singapore, manager PIL, Singapore.

February 8
Turkish coaster Hay K and Russian ferry Feruz beached by the storm in Samsun
The raging storm in Black sea region devastated not only Russian and Ukrainian shipping, but Turkish as well. In Samsun port during the day Feb 8 two cargo vessels were beached by the storm, Turkish coaster Hay K and Russian ro-ro Feruz. As far as it may be understood from Turk media news with the help of Google translator, Master of the Russian ferry Feruz impressed the onlookers with his seamanship skills, he managed to manoeuvre the vessel to the beach in most safe way. From the pics and vesseltracker.com Ė google earth map it may be assumed, that vessel either was in a small harbor of Mert Park, or intentionally lead the vessel in harbor in order to avoid grounding along more dangerous, open to the sea coastline. The 16 crew is safe and remains onboard, salvage and crew waiting for weather improve. The Hay K was pushed to the embankment somewhere along Samsun coastline, as seen on the pic. Ro-ro Feruz was towed out of the harbor after owner and insurer paid city for alleged damages to aquapark situated in harbor. The fate of Hay K unknown.
Ro-ro vessel Feruz IMO 9411874, GRT 5786, built 2009, flag Malta, manager IP Mikhail Melnikov, Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
General cargo vessel Hay K IMO 8003864 dwt 1580, built 1981, flag Moldova, manager ATLANTIK DENIZCILIK TICARET Turkey.

February 10
Freighter Bien Nam 17 sank on Dong Nai river
General cargo vessel Bien Nam 17 lost steering control due to a whirl while navigating Dong Nai River, Vietnam, and collided with two other vessels at around 0400 Feb 10. Vessel suffered serious damages, hull was breached, and Bien Nam partially sank on shallow waters some 100 meters from the bank of the river. Vessel was loaded with 3000 mt of clinker, bound for Ho Chi Minh. 11 crew safe, 1 is missing. On a pic sank Bien Nam 17. General cargo vessel Bien Nam 17 IMO 8746557, dwt 3183, built 2009, flag Vietnam, manager/owner NAM SHIPPING JS.

February 16
Tanker Karakumneft in full load ran aground in Kurilsk, Kuril Islands
Tanker Karakumneft ran aground at around 1915 LT Feb 16 2012 in Kitovaya Bay, Kurilsk port, Iturup island, having to suspend offloading and leave the oil terminal due to oncoming storm. Tanker stuck fast with some 900 mt of fuel on board, divers found 6 holes along the portside of the vessel. From Feb 19 till Feb 25 salvage teams from State Emergency Agency were pumping fuel via ship-shore hoses into tanker trucks. Some 300 mt of fuel leaked, though authorities doesnít admit it. As of Feb 25 tanker is in the same position, all tanks are empty, so at least there wonít be any leaks. Official investigation is under way, but due to unofficial sources, tanker grounded because of the mistake of the captain, the only way he could avoid grounding was an emergency anchor letting go together with chain, instead he ordered to heave an anchor in time-sensitive conditions, when swell and wind were pushing the vessel towards the rocks. Presently itís not yet known if tanker will be salvaged or abandoned. Tanker Karakumneft IMO 7045542, dwt 1660, built 1970, flag Russia, owner NIKO Co., Vladivostok.

February 17
Superyacht Yogi sank in Aegean sea
Superyacht Yogi sank in storm off the coast of the Aegean island of Skyros, Greece, on Feb 17. Vessel issued distress signal in the morning, two Air Force helicopters and a Navy frigate, coast guard vessels and four commercial ships took part in the rescue operation. Greece rescue helicopter lifted the 8 crew in the last minutes before yacht sank, both from the hull and from life rafts, as it can be seen on photos. Yogi was awarded the "Most Innovative Yacht of the Year of 2011" title during the Cannes International Boat Show, writes Superyacht Times. It is understood that owner or any passengers werenít on board, only the crew. Owner is unknown. Superyacht Yogi IMO 9544621, GRT 1028, built 2011, length 60 meters, flag France.

February 18
Chinese freighter Xin Yuan Shun 6 sank in Taiwan Strait
Chinese freighter Xin Yuan Shun No. 6 or Xinyuanshun 6 sank on Feb 18 off the country's southeastern coast of Fujian province. The Xinyuanshun 6 vessel was carrying 5,000 tonnes of pottery clay to Shandong province when it sank around 3 a.m., a spokesman for maritime rescue centre said. By noon, one person was saved, eight bodies were recovered and two people were missing, Xinhua reported. Presumably vessel capsized after cargo displacement. The details of the vessel are unclear, most probably itís Hg Xin Yuan Shun 6, cargo vessel under China flag with no IMO and other details except length 97 meters.
February 26
Fishing trawler Esther sinks off the Canary Islands
The Maritime Rescue Center in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) on 26th February coordinated the rescue of the 27 members of crew on board the fishing trawler Esther, which eventually sank about 164 miles to the south of the Canaries, all the crew were successfully rescued and are in good health.
The incident occurred at 17.52 (local time), when an alert was received from the Moroccan-flagged fishing trawler Esther with 26 crew members of Moroccan nationality and the captain, who has Spanish nationality.
The CCS in Las Palmas dispatched a plane (the Sasemar 103) and a helicopter (Helimer 208). The trawler, which is approximately 30 meters long, was located about 164 miles south of the Canary Islands. A nearby trawler, the Mersal VI initially rescued 14 crew members which the remaining 13 crew members remained on board the Esther and tried to pump out the water that the ship was taking on board due to a leak.
When the plane Sasemar 103 arrived in the area the Esther requested a more powerful bilge pump to try and pump out all the water but was unsuccessful in doing so and finally, at 13:00 (local time) the Esther sank 164 miles south of the Maspalomas (Gran Canaria) lighthouse and 85 miles north of Dakhla. No data found on fishing vessel Esther.
February 27
Dredger Chabira sank in Klaipeda, Lithuania
Dredger Chabira sank at around 0130 LT Feb 27 2012, in a very short time, the reason remains unknown, because during previous day there were no signs of any problem. There was some small oil leak. Vessel was in lay-out since at least 2011, it was rumored that Chabrina was to be scrapped. Dredger Chabira IMO 5142384, dwt 288, built 1961, flag Lithuania.

February 28
Tra Ly 18 sank in Tonkin Bay
General cargo vessel Tra Ly 18 sank on Feb 28 en route from Hai Phong to Quang Ngai, loaded with 500 mt of bulk cement, in position 19-00N 107-27E. Vessel suffered water ingress, crew couldnít control it, and Tra Ly 18 finally sank. Crew was rescued by nearby freighter Hoang Vu 1. General cargo vessel Tra Ly 18 IMO 9534729, dwt 907, built 2009, flag Vietnam, manager THAI THUY, Vietnam.
March 01
Indian bulk carrier Prabhu Daya is a prime suspect in a deadly hit and run accident
Indian authorities identified a prime suspect in their investigation of the deadly hit and run accident, when in early morning hours of March 1 an unknown merchant vessel collided with a fishing boat off Kerala's Alappuzha Coast, south-west India. Two of the 7 crew were rescued, two died and three went missing. Navy sources said there are two more suspect vessels, but the prime one seems to be Indian bulk carrier Prabhu Daya, whose owner was ordered to redirect vessel to Karachi from itsí voyage from Goa to Singapore. Vessel is expected in Karachi today March 3. Well, with Indian vessel being prime suspect, Indian public and media wouldnít be able to blame for tragedy somebody else except themselves, taking into account the ongoing rage in India caused by Italian tanker Enrica Lexie, whose guards mistakenly killed two Indian fishermen. When Indian Navy intentionally fired upon non-Indian fishing vessels hijacked by pirates, with full view of hostages used as shields, India didnít care, though there were dozens of innocents killed. Why, because Thai or Myanmar nationalities are some kind of lower caste? What other nationalities are lower caste, from Indian point of view? One canít expect much of compassion and understanding with such a selective attitude.
Bulk carrier Prabhu Daya IMO 9231573, dwt 52822, built 2001, flag Singapore, manager Tolani LTD.
Fishing vessel in question is Dwan II or Dwan I, 70-foot motorized boat.
March 02
Chinese freighter Boyun 018 sank after collision
Sank with 8 lives Chinese freighter Boyun 018 collided with Korean car carrier Dream Diva?
The vessel which collided with hapless Chinese freighter Boyun 018 on March 2 in Pearl River Delta was probably, car carrier Dream Diva, which is now anchored in 22 26N 113 46E in Pearl River Delta, 1.3 nm NW of Niu Lijiao. Car carrier Dream Diva IMO 9325790, GRT 41662, built 2007, flag Panama, manager CIDO SHIPPING KOREA CO LTD.
First news:
Unknown collided with unregistered
China and world media reported the collision between two cargo vessels took place at around 2100 LT March 2 off Zhuhai, Pearl River Delta. Chinese cargo vessel Boyun 018 collided with unnamed Panama-flagged vessel in a fog, Boyun 018 sank, 2 crew rescued, 8 went missing. No data found on Boyun 018, there are quite a number of numbered Boyun vessels though, all China-flagged, without IMO and other details. So from professional point of view the accident is still a mystery.
March 03
Cursed name. Another Jung Woo fishing vessel destroyed by fire.
Maybe there is a curse on South Korean fishing vessels under the name of Jung Woo, after fire destroyed Jung Woo 2 in Antarctica in January this year, Jung Woo 3 went ablaze in Montevideo, Uruguay, on March 3. Fire started presumably in engine room, vessel had some 300 mt fuel on board. 2 crew died, their bodies were found near engine room. Authorities had to tow the vessel out of the port, fearing possible accidents. On March 5 vessel was still on fire. From 41 crew 2 presumably died and 10 were hospitalized, 6 among them with burns. Crew is comprised of South Korea, Vietnam, China and the Ukraine nationalities. Jung Woo 3 took part in the rescue of the Jung Woo 2 crew in Antarctic. On a pic Jung Woo 3 on fire.
Fishing vessel Jung Woo 3 IMO 8421078 Flag South Korea Length 48.0m Callsign DTBV7.

March 05
Tanker Alfa 1 sank in Saronic Gulf under unclear circumstances
Tanker Alfa 1 sank on March 5 around 1030 LT under unclear circumstances in Saronic Gulf in position 38 02N 23 55E en route from the terminal of Hellenic Petroleum Aspropyrgos Refinery, outskirts of Athens, to Eleusina. Presumably vessel collided with some underwater object, authorities mention the possibility of an old shipwreck. Officials said Alfa 1 was carrying 1,800 tonnes of crude oil and 235 tonnes of diesel when it foundered. Greek master of the vessel died, other 10 crew rescued. Vessel capsized on a shallow and is partially above the water.
Tanker is operated by bunkering company, and probably, she is loaded not with crude oil, but with heavy fuel. Judging from the vesselís track, she probably made an u-turn after collision and then resumed sailing, such movement seems to be strange and unexplained yet. Obviously, vessel capsized, which is a bit strange, too, as authorities and media report there is no leak. It means cargo tanks are not breached, and vessel sank because of flooded engine room.
Tanker Alfa 1 IMO 7037208, dwt 2519, built 1972, flag Greece, manager Alpha Bunkering and Shipping, Greece. Media say tanker belongs to the Greek company Viamar.

March 09
Freighter Serunting 1 sank in Sunda Strait, at least 15 missing
General cargo vessel Serunting 1 sank near Tabuan Island, Sunda Strait, Lampung province on Sumatra, on March 9, in rough weather, en route from Madura Island, East Java, to West Sumatra, loaded with salt. There are confusing reports in Indonesian media, but taking it all together, vessel most probably sank in bad weather being battered by high waves and taking on water, maybe there was cargo shift also. Two crew were rescued by locals, among them master of the vessel, both were sent to hospital with hypothermia. Local media says there were 17 crew on board, with 2 rescued it left 15 missing. National media says one is saved and 19 are missing, but local media reports seem to be more correct. On a pic the ill-fated Serunting 1. General cargo vessel Serunting 1 IMO 6716974, dwt 1895, built 1967, flag Indonesia, manager ADHIGUNA KARUNIA LINES.

March 09
Boxship Celina
Celina refloated
Boxship Celina was refloated at 0650 LT March 18 with high tide, and towed to Raudeberg, north of Maloy, where she will be docked. No leak reported.
March 16 update
Salvage of the boxship Celina, Norway, is underway. During March 14-15 nine loaded containers were taken off the vessel, salvors are preparing for pumping out fuel.
Grounding news:
At around 2030 LT March 9 boxship Celina ran aground on rocks at Gang island near Maloy, western Norway, en route from Olesund. Vessel got holes portside, in engine room area. Norwegian media reported engine room nearly flooded, there is leak, but Norway Rescue Service said leak is small and contained by booms. There are about 270 tons of heavy oil and 70 tons of diesel fuel on board, and cargo of 165 containers, loaded mainly with fish and fertilizers. 12 from 14 crew were evacuated, 2 stay on board for salvage operation. Manager signed salvage contract, there are two tugs near the distressed Celina. On pics from Norway Rescue Service distressed Celina. 14 crew includes Russian, Philippines and Ukranian nationalities, say Russian media. Boxship Celina IMO 9235373, dwt 8350, capacity 650 TEU, built 2002, flag Antigua, manager Klingenberg Bereederungs- und Befrachtungs GmbH, Germany.

March 10
Tanker Gelso M
March 16 update
Salvage operation started on the site of grounded tanker Gelso M, Sicily, on March 14. The main task for salvors on the first stage of the operation is to pump out some 300 tons of bunker from vesselís fuel tanks. The pumping will start on March 17 or later, said authorities.
Grounding news:
Tanker Gelso M ran aground at Pointe Santa Panagia, in position 37 06N 015 18E, off Siracusa town, Sicily, on Mar 10, 2012, en route from Venice in ballast. Tanker was pushed on rocky coast by strong wind and current, Italian media quoted Master of Gelso M. Shortly after 0900 vessel issued distress signal, master required evacuation of the crew. Only helicopters could rescue the 19 crew, as there was no other way to safely get them to the shore. Rescue helicopters airlifted all the crew and took them on shore. The salvage is subject to the weather, which is stormy and deteriorating. It may be assumed that the crew, in view of coming storm, failed either to change course to keep as far from shore as possible, or to take in ballast to keep vessel stable and steerable. Chemical tanker Gelso M IMO 9367360, dwt 22996, built 2008, flag Italy, manager AUGUSTA DUE SRL.

March 10
Collision m/v Seagate vs. reefer Timor Stream
Early in the morning March 10 2012 general cargo vessel Seagate collided with reefer Timor Stream approximately 60 miles northeast of Isle de Tortue, Haiti, Caribbean sea, reported USCG. Seagate was seriously damaged and started taking on water, 18 of the total 21 crew went in liferafts, 3 stayed on board. 17 sailors were rescued by reefer Timor Stream, 1 by a good Samaritan motor yacht Battered Bull, no one injured. The captain of Seagate confirmed the vessel is stable, with minimal water in the engine room. Timor Stream remained on the scene until relieved by Coast Guard Cutter Venturous. USCG didnít comment on Timor Stream damages.
General cargo vessel Seagate IMO 8905488, dwt 28836, built 1989, flag UK, manager Zodiac Maritime Agencies, UK.
Reefer Timor Stream IMO 9172947, dwt 11013, built 1998, flag Liberia, manager TRITON SCHIFFAHRTS GMBH, Germany.

March 10
Fishing vessel Lady Cecelia sank near Willapa Bay, Washington
EPIRB of the 70-foot fishing vessel Lady Cecelia was activated at 0337 LT March 10 approximately 17 miles west of Leadbetter Point near Willapa Bay, Wash. Coast Guard started S and R operation, but didnít find missing 4 crew. CG found debris field and an empty life raft. No details of the f/v Lady Cecelia found.
March 13
Ferry Shariatpur-1 tragedy
The passenger ferry Shariatpur-1 sank on 13 March after being hit by a small cargo ship in the Meghna River, south-west of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. The accident occurred at about 1430 local time on Meghna River approximately 20 miles south of Dhaka. The ferry was traveling to Dhaka from the Shariatpur district with more than 250 people on board when the collision occurred. The exact number of passengers is yet to be determined as passenger manifests in the region are often inaccurate. About 60 people survived the disaster. As of March 15 evening time death toll jumped to 132.

March 13
Chinese freighter Yuan Tong sank after leaving Ship Repair Yard
General cargo vessel Yuan Tong sank off Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, after leaving the Longshan Ship Repair Yard on March 13, at around 0640 LT. There were 40 people on board, said to be crew, though it seems to be too much. 32 were rescued, one found dead, 7 went missing. Vessel arrived to Ship Repair Yard on March 1. The cause of the sinking yet unknown, vessel sank fore first, as it may be seen at pics of Chinese media. General cargo vessel Yuan Tong IMO 8909599, dwt 7424, built 1990, flag Panama, manager Nanjing Ocean Shipping Co., Ltd.

March 13
Tanker Kenos Athena with 7000 tons of sulfur acid sank in South China Sea
Chemical tanker Kenos Athena issued distress signal at around 1330 LT March 13, in Guandong Province waters, China. Vessel was en route from Ulsan to Zhuhai loaded with 7000 mt of sulfur acid, and reported water ingress. Some time later master reported list 40 degrees, and crew evacuation. 18 crew was rescued by fishing vessel and later delivered to Hong Kong. No leak of chemical reported yet. Chemical tanker Kenos Athena IMO 8419049, dwt 7575, built 1985, flag South Korea, manager KENOS SHIPPING CO LTD.

March 15
Stolt Valor on fire and drifting after explosion, Persian Gulf
Stolt Valor declared a constructive total loss
LONDON, March 21, 2012 - Stolt Tankers B.V., a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Børs: SNI) and owner and operator of MT Stolt Valor, reported today that the fire on the ship has been contained. One crew member is still missing.
The ship is under tow approximately 45 miles off the coast of Qatar. There has been no spillage of fuel oil from the ship, nor any reported or visible spillage of cargo. Stolt Tankers continues to work in close cooperation with the authorities, salvage experts and insurers to salvage the ship and its cargoes and to avoid any environmental impact. The ship has been declared a constructive total loss for insurance purposes. The Company has insurance coverage in place customary for the trade and is fully covered.
Fire on Stolt Valor extinguished
Gulf Daily News said on March 20, that the fire on Stolt Valor was put out March 19 evening, and the vessel moved to a safe place away from the coasts of Qatar and Bahrain, without giving any details on firefighting operation and present tankerís condition Ė did tanker move by own means or was towed? Who was fighting the fire, also stays unanswered. Regional media mentioned Oil Spill Response Limited involvement, but didnít say the company was actually involved in firefighting. Media quoted Qatari authorities as saying, that authorities will now assess the condition of the vessel and its cargo. It is planned to move the remaining cargo and fuel out of the vessel, specialists estimate main danger being not the chemicals on board, but the 18 tons of lube and 434 tons of bunker - diesel oil.
Previous news:
Derelict tanker Stolt Valor is reported to be on fire and drifting in the vicinity of 27-25.5N 050-26.0E. Stolt Valor is loaded with approximately 13,000 metric tons of methyl tertiary butyl ether. MTBE (methyl tertiary-butyl ether) is a chemical compound, used as a fuel additive in motor gasoline. At room temperature, MTBE is a volatile, flammable and colorless liquid that dissolves rather easily in water.
Previous news:
Explosion on tanker Stolt Valor, Persian Gulf
Stolt Tankers B.V., a subsidiary of Stolt-Nielsen Limited and operators and owners of MT Stolt Valor, confirm that the tanker Stolt Valor suffered an explosion on board whilst transiting the Persian Gulf, on March 15. A Coalition warship is presently on site and is providing assistance. It is understood that 24 of the 25 crewmembers are safe and on board the Coalition vessel. One crewmember is currently missing. Stolt is working in close cooperation with the authorities on site in order to establish the whereabouts of missing seafarer and the condition of the vessel. AIS last known position March 15 is 27 29N 050 18E, presently (0730 UTC) there is no signal.
Chemical tanker Stolt Valor IMO 9274290, dwt 25269, built 2004, flag Liberia, manager STOLT TANKERS BV, Netherlands.

March 15
Fishing vessel Easy Rider sank in New Zealand
Small fishing vessel Easy Rider sank in Foveaux Strait between South Island and Stewart Island, New Zealand, just after midnight March 15. There were 9 people on board, 3 crew and 6 passengers. Only one survived the disaster, he was found 18 hours later in the frigid sea, clinging to a barrel. Four bodies were found, four are considered missing. The survivor told he was on deck just after midnight when the boat was hit by a wave and capsized. He managed to cling to the overturned hull for about two hours before it sank. On a pic f/v Easy Rider with her skipper (missing) Rewai Karetai.

March 15
Boxship Bareli broke in two on a reef
March 20 update
An oil sheen has been discovered near where a Singapore-registered ship struck a reef last week off southeast China's Fujian province, local maritime authorities said on March 20. The sheen is about three kilometers long and 200 meters wide. The Fujian Maritime Rescue Center has dispatched 45 vessels from nearby cleaning and salvage companies and organizations to join the cleanup, said Huang Shifeng, deputy chief of the provincial ocean and fishery department. Among the 1,913 containers on board of the vessel, 101 are loaded with dangerous goods such as caustic soda and herbicide. By March 20, 61 containers had been unloaded, while 10 had been retrieved from the water. There are 1137 tons of fuel oil and 114 tons of diesel oil on board, by March 20 only 5 tons were pumped out.
Boxship Bareli ran aground on a reef near position 15 25 16N 119 40E, between Fujian and Quanzhou, at around 2130 LT March 15. Vessel broke in two in middle section area, as can be seen on pics. Crew of 21 required evacuation and was evacuated, no injures reported. There are 1913 containers on board. Chinese media claims there are dangerous goods on board, vesselís operator denies the presence of any kind of dangerous goods in containers. Nevertheless, authorities dispatched to accident site the whole flotilla of salvage and auxiliary vessels, some 14 units, rather unusual for such an accident, though serious. Vessel was en route from Xiaoyangxiang to Fuyang, then maybe to some other Far East ports, and finally, to African ports. Boxship Bareli (ex Wieland; Norasia Polaris) IMO 9237498, dwt 42300, capacity 3091 TEU, built 2004, flag Singapore, manager KLAVENESS ASIA PTE LTD, Singapore.

March 17
Locals torched the vessels of the owner of sank ferry Rabaul Queen
Bouganville province locals torched three vessels of the owner of sank ferry Rabaul Queen, in port of Buka island, Papua - New Guinea. Cargo vessels Kopra 1 and Kopra 2, and passenger vessel Solomon Queen were set on fire in the morning hours March 17 by locals still angry at the tragedy of Rabaul Queen, which claimed at least 126 lives. All vessels belong to Rabaul Shipping Company, a family enterprise of Mr. Peter Sharp, his wife and his daughter. Vessels were impounded at Buka by locals since last month. Mr. Sharp didnít comment on the damage extent, but presumably, itís a big one. he said, that now he has no more vessels in Buka.
Passenger vessel Solomon Queen IMO 7425120, GRT 379, built 1975, flag PNG, owner RABAUL SHIPPING LTD.
General cargo vessel Kopra I IMO 8622036, dwt 310, built 1984, flag PNG.
General cargo vessel Kopra 2 IMO 8626630, dwt 332, built 1985, flag Panama.
March 19
The sinking of Ocean Glory
The sinking of Ocean Glory. Ocean Glory is Hai Hsiang No.8?
Taiwanese media report the sinking of the cargo vessel under the name Hai Hsiang No. 8, not Ocean Glory. No data found on Hai Hsiang No. 8, all the relevant details point to Ocean Glory, so maybe thereís some misunderstanding of the names. Taiwanese media donít mention grounding or collision, it seems like the sinking was caused solely by cargo shift in rough weather. The vesselís crew initially is 16, not 15, but chief engineer luckily for himself overslept and and was late, vessel left without him. Vessel left Keelung at 0242 March 19, at 0426 vessel reported to Keelung port authorities, that vessel developed a list, and is turning back to return to Keelung. Soon after vessel capsized and sank.
First news:
Freighter Ocean Glory sank off Taiwan, 6 dead, 2 missing
General cargo vessel Ocean Glory sank shortly after leaving Keelung, Taiwan, at around 0200 LT March 19, in pos 25 13N 121 50E area. Vessel was loaded with gravel, bound for Hualien, Taiwan. The circumstances of the sinking are unclear, vessel is reported to run aground, send distress signal and sink some time later, presumably after capsizing. Coast Guard rescued 13 crew out of 15, all 13 were delivered to hospital, 6 of them (4 Indonesian and 2 Taiwanese) were declared dead on arrival at the hospital. What was the cause of their deaths, is unknown. 2 crew including master are missing. General cargo vessel Ocean Glory IMO 8125650, dwt 5151, built 1982, flag Taiwan, manager JACKSOON SHIPPING SAFETY MGMT, Taiwan.

March 20
Cargo vessel Shivan sank in Arabian sea
Local cargo vessel Shivan with 22 crew went missing 12 days ago, say local media on April 2. Vessel loaded with 2,000 tons of sugar left Mumbai on March 14, bound for Oman, and disappeared while sailing along Pakistan coast in rough weather, after issuing distress signal on March 20, being at that time some 80 nm off Pashni port, Pakistan. Vessel is registered in Porbandar, India, doesnít have IMO number and most probably, she is a local cargo vessel of dhow type.
March 23
Trawler Kasuga Maru sank in East China sea
Small trawler Kasuga Maru capsized and sank at around 1835 LT March 23 approximately 70 miles WNW off Amami-Oshima Island, East China Sea. Japan Coast Guard found overturned still floating vessel, but initially, no crew. Later 4 of the 6 crew were rescued, 2 went missing.
April 03
German freighter Carrier ran aground in Irish sea
At 2015 LT April 3 Liverpool Coastguard received a distress call from the cargo vessel Carrier, which ran aground at Raynes Jetty, Llanddulas, off Liverpool, Irish sea. A strong gale was blowing and a five metre swell was reported. Because of the location of the grounding Holyhead Coastguard coordinated the rescue. All seven of the Polish crew were taken uninjured from the ship by two rescue helicopters, rescue operation was completed at 0100 April 4. Maritime and Coastguard Agency to inspect damage at dawn. Vessel is loaded with stones, there are about 40 tons of fuel on board. Vessel declared total loss and will be scrapped on the grounding site. General cargo vessel Carrier IMO 8504959, dwt 2379, built 1985, flag Antigua, manager Reederei Erwin Strahlmann, Germany.

April 03
Freighter New Lucky VII sank in East China Sea
General cargo vessel New Lucky VII went missing in East China sea since April 3, last known location was some 60 miles off southern Japanese island Amami Oshima. Vessel loaded with timber was en route from Papua New Guinea to China, and was caught in severe storm. Japanese Coast Guard sent two ships and planes to search for the vessel. Crew is 17: 14 Indonesians, two Chinese and one Taiwanese. The Japanese Coast Guard on April 5 rescued 11 crew members of New Lucky VII. Last known position of New Lucky VII was 28-05.8N 128-06.8E at 2300 UTC April 3 2012. At around 4:30 p.m. local time on April 5, a patrol plane located a life raft carrying nine of the crew members about 37 miles from the position where contact with the ship was lost. They were rescued about an hour later. During the rescue operation, a Japanese Coast Guard patrol vessel located a second life raft carrying two more crew members who were also rescued safely. None of the eleven rescued crew members were injured and all appeared to be doing well, despite having floated at sea for two days. Six of the Indonesian crew members remain missing.
General cargo vessel New Lucky VII IMO 9341029, dwt 6388, built 2011, flag Hong Kong, manager FRANBO LINES CORP, Taiwan.

April 09
Vietnamese freighter Truong Hai Star sank after collision with Thai bulk carrier Krairatch Dignity
Vietnamese general cargo vessel Truong Hai Star collided with Thai bulk carrier Krairatch Dignity at 2330 LT April 9 2012 in 10-26.16N 107-03.17E, Vung Tau approaches, Vietnam. Truong Hai Star sank after collision, 16 crew rescued, 64 containers went adrift, an oil leak reported. Vietnam authorities reported 13 recovered containers as of afternoon April 10. Truong Hai Star was sailing to HCM (Saigon). No details on collision and the condition of Thai bulk carrier available yet.
General cargo vessel Truong Hai Star IMO 9375018, dwt 3582, built 2006, flag Vietnam, manager CHU LAI TRUONGHAI SHIP CO LTD.
Bulk carrier Krairatch Dignity IMO 8307739, dwt 41213, built 1984, flag Thailand, manager ADVANCE MARINE CORP LTD, Bangkok.

April 11
General cargo vessel Tikhon Syomushkin sank in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Port
General cargo vessel Tikhon Syomushkin sank in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy on the night of April 11 2012. Abandoned vessel was berthed in Nazrybresurs port at berth no. 11 from March 2010, there were no maintenance or security checks, vessel was many times looted, and finally, marauders screw off every non-ferrous details and parts in engine room, which was flooded. Vessel is partially submerged with stern part resting on the bottom, there are about 100 tons of fuel and oil on board. Vessel will be scrapped. General cargo vessel Tikhon Syomushkin IMO 8038273, dwt 5485, built 1982, flag Russia, owner Flot-4 Company, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

April 11
Trawler Onward destroyed by fire
Fire started on board of trawler Onward around midday April 11, when vessel was some 50 nm north-west of Orkney. Signal from EPIRB was picked up at 1330 LT. By the time the Shetland Coastguard helicopter arrived on the scene, the vessel was well ablaze. 5 crew had escaped in two liferafts. They were winched on to the helicopter and flown to Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall, Orkney, suffering from hypothermia. The crew arrived just over two hours after the alarm was raised. Vessel sank. On Coast Guard photo Onward on fire. Fishing vessel Onward IMO 4234984, length 48 meters, flag UK.

April 16
Chinese boxship Yong Cai sank Japanese fishing vessel
Chinese boxship Yong Cai collided with Japanese fishing vessel Daini Shinyo Maru on the night of April 16 in Ishikawa Prefecture waters, Japan sea. Fishing vessel sank, skipper was found dead, his son missing. On April 19 police arrested two crew of the Chinese vessel on suspicion of criminal negligence. Boxship Yong Cai IMO 9164859, dwt 14080, capacity 1000 TEU, built 1998, flag S-Vincent, manager DALIAN GRAND OCEAN.
April 21
Fishing vessel Hsin Man Chun destroyed by fire, Pacific
Coast Guard Sector Guam watchstanders received an initial alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the Hsin Man Chun, a 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel, at 4:30 p.m. April 21. A Navy P-3 Orion long-range search aircraft from Patrol Squadron 1 stationed at Kadena Air Base, Japan, overflew the vessel and reported eight crewmembers in a life raft and two more on the bridge of the burning vessel. The P-3 crew deployed two life rafts to assist the crewmembers that remained behind. They passed the location of the distressed crewmembers to the Semirio, a Marshallese flagged bulk carrier diverted to the area by the Coast Guard. The Semirio was only 40 miles away from the distressed vessel and was asked to assist. Once on scene, the 950-foot bulk carrier launched a small boat and successfully rescued all 10 crewmembers. The Semirio is one of many foreign flagged vessels operating in the Pacific that voluntarily participate in the AMVER System.
AMVER, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.
Bulk carrier Semirio IMO 9406893, dwt 174261, built 2007, flag Marshall Islands, manager DIANA SHIPPING SERVICES SA, Greece.

April 30
Brahmaputra ferry tragedy, India
Overloaded two-deck river ferry capsized, broke in two and sank in a storm in Brahmaputra river in a Dhubri district of the state Assam, India, on April 30. Vessel was carrying some 350 people, local police chief said, mainly local farmers and their families, and was caught in bad weather. As of early morning May 1 about 100 people were rescued, mainly those who was able to swim to the shore. 103 people found dead, more than 100 are missing.

May 1
Tug Al Deebel hit by explosion of the SPM, Persian Gulf
At 1700 LT May 1 a violent gas explosion occurred on a Single-Point Mooring Buoy (SPM) in Ras Laffan oil and gas field off Qatar, Persian Gulf, hitting standing nearby tug Al Deebel. There were 12 people on board, 10 crew and 2 specialists to conduct maintenance works on SPM, 7 have been killed, among them 4 Indonesians, 1 Indian and 2 Brits. 4 were injured, and only 1 remained unhurt. Tug survived the explosion and the following fire, but was disabled and later, towed to port for inspection. What caused an explosion is still unknown, investigation under way. Tug Al Deebel IMO 9142784, GRT 438, built 1996, flag Qatar, manager NAKILAT SVITZERWIJSMULLER WLL, Qatar.
May 6
Spanish fishing vessel Loamar Segundo sank in the Atlantic
Spanish fishing vessel Loamar Segundo issued distress signal at 1009 LT May 6 2012, vessel was sinking in Capo Verde area, near position 16 50N 026 28W. MRCC Spain together with authorities of Capo Verde coordinated the rescue operation, and contacted tanker Navig8 Loucas, nearest to the site. 11 crew of Loamar Segundo went into two life raft, Nafig8 Loucas picked up all 11 fishermen at 1700 LT, nobody was injured. Tanker is to take rescued fishermen to Las Palmas, ETA May 10. Loamar Segundo 11 crew includes 3 Spanish, 3 CapoVerde, 4 Indonesians and 1 Peruvian. Tankerís crew includes Filipino, Russian and Ukrainian nationalities. Fishing vessel Loamar Segundo IMO 8733366, built 1997, flag Spain. Chemical tanker Navig8 Loucas IMO 9396775, dwt 50698, built 2009, flag Malta, manager ITM HOLDING LTD, UAE.

May 12
Freighter Rio Turbio sank after collision with tug Ava Payagua, Parana
Cargo vessel Rio Turbio collided with tug Ava Payagua on 102 kilometer mark Parana river at around 0400 LT May 12. The tug went off course and hit Rio Turbio, loaded with sand. Cargo vessel capsized and sank, 7 crew went missing, 1 was rescued. Tug is detained, 3 of the crew arrested. Cargo vessel Rio Turbio MMSI 701006241, length 83 meters, flag Argentina. Tug Ava Payagua IMO 9551090, GRT 295, built 2009, flag Paraguay.

May 19
Turkish freighter Erol Senkaya sank in Ionian sea
General cargo vessel Erol Senkaya sank early in the morning May 19 2012 between the island Zakynthos and mainland, Greece, presumably due to cargo shift. Vessel was loaded with 2200 tons of olive seeds. 6 crew are rescued by Greece Coast Guard boat, found body of the master of the vessel, 3 went missing. General cargo vessel Erol Senkaya IMO 9296365, dwt 2772, built 2003, flag Turkey, manager YAKAMOZ DENIZCILIK.

May 26
Oceanic trawler Kapitan Bolsunovskiy sank in Bering sea
Oceanic trawler with reefer capacity Kapitan Bolsunovskiy sank in the morning hours of May 26 2012. Vessel got a hole and sank in Bering sea, some 300 nm SW of Dezhnev Point, on the boundary of Anadyr Bay. 91 crew rescued by nearby trawler Dersu Uzala, no injures reported. Vessel collided with ice, sailing into medium floe of fast ice. Oceanic trawler Kapitan Bolsunovskiy IMO 9034949, displacement 4815 tons, built 1992, flag Russia, owner Sakhaling Leasing Flot, Kholmsk.

May 29
Coaster Jinghuai 188 sank near Shanghai
Chinese coaster Jinghuai 188 sank in the afternoon May 29 near Shanghai. MRCC Shanghai received distress signal at around 1420 LT and sent rescues boats to the scene. Vessel loaded with 770 tons of steel was en route from Shanghai to Nantong city of Jiangsu province. 3 of 5 crew went missing, which was in fact, a family. An elderly couple were pulled out of the water, but their son, son-in-law and grandson remained missing. No data found on Jinghuai 188, but there is data available on Jinghuai 189, which may be a sister ship. General cargo vessel Jinghuai 189 MMSI 413980764, length 57 meters, flag China.
June 8
Freighter Miss Ellisa capsized and sank on Demerara river, Guyana
General cargo vessel Miss Ellisa capsized and sank on Demerara river, Guyana, on June 8. Of 7 crew 6 rescued and 1, cook, went missing. Vessel was en route to Trinidad and Tobago loaded with coconuts, poles and rice, but for some reason called in Georgetown and capsized on Demerara river in the afternoon.
General cargo vessel Miss Ellisa IMO 6916902, dwt 713, built 1969, flag Cook Islands, manager/owner unknown.

June 12
Passenger vessel Josille-II sank in Palawan, Philippines
Wooden passenger/cargo vessel Josille-II sank on June 12 off Pagawanin Island in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Vessel was en route to El Nido with 47 passengers and 12 crew on board, and was caught in stormy weather. Coast Guard Station Liminangcong reported vessel sinking at around 2330 LT June 12, Coast Guard El Nido immediately started search and rescue operation. 54 people were rescued and 5 found dead. Not much data found on Josille-II Ė vessel was of 95.96 GRT, owner Atienza Shipping. Photo of the Josille-II.

June 18
Fishing vessel No.53 Chung Yong on fire
South Korean fishing vessel No.53 Chung Yong reported fire around 1630 Tokyo time June 18 2012, being in position some 80 nm east off Tokyo in the Pacific. The 23 crew was rescued by nearby Korean fishing vessels, among crew 4 Koreans, 12 Indonesians, 3 Filipinos and 4 Vietnamese. Coast Guard Yokohama sent a patrol boat for investigation. Condition of the vessel No.53 Chung Yong is unknown. Fishing vessel No.53 Chung Yong IMO 8709066, GRT 628, built 1988, flag South Korea.
Some weeks later vessel was reported as drifting derelict in the Pacific.
June 28
Bulgarina freighter Seawind sank in South Atlantic
Bulgarian general cargo vessel Seawind sank off the coast of Brazil on June 28 2012, details unknown. Vessel was en route from West Africa to Brazil. General cargo vessel Seawind IMO 8609632, dwt 3936, built 1986, flag Panama, manager ARGO MARITIME LTD-BUL, Bulgaria. Crew presumably 13 Bulgarians.

July 1
Freighter B&E Uno sank off Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
At around 2130 LT Jule 1 night general cargo B&E Uno sank in the Mactan Channel off Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines, some 200 meters off shore. Vessel sank after hitting the ground and breaching the hull, with resulting water ingress and list. Engine room was flooded. Vesselís mast is above the water. B&E Uno is loaded with cement in bags having around a ton of fuel, which already started to leak. 18 crew is safe, some swam to the shore, others left the vessel by boat. On a pic B&E Uno in better days. Aggregated carrier B&E Uno IMO 8828214, dwt 611, built 1970, flag Philippines, manager B&E SEA TRANSPORT.

July 1
m/v Sea Angel sank off Karachi
m/v Sea Angel was under tow by m/v Morning Star and sank 6.5 miles off off Munambam harbour near Kochi in the evening July 1. Vessel was to be towed to breaking yard at Azhikkal Port. Vessel sank due to rough sea and unprofessional towage performed by m/v Morning Star. Sea Angel owners and agents are hold responsible for the wreck removal. m/v Morning Star was anchored on outer road of Kochi for investigation. no details found on m/v Sea Angel, obviously a freighter, except length, which is 70 meters. General cargo vessel Morning Star IMO 7405261, dwt 674, built 1974, flag Maldives, manager VILLA SHIPPING & TRADING CO. PRIVATE LTD.
July 8
Coaster Indra Jaya sank off Malacca Strait
Indonesian coaster Indra Jaya, locally known as Kapal Layar Motor (KLM) type vessels, sank near Abang Island, Batam, Riau Islands, at the eastern border of Malacca Strait, South China sea. Vessel capsized in a rough weather in the morning July 8 2012, en route from Kabil Batam to Jambi with cargo cement in bags. 3 of the 7 crew rescued, 4 are missing, including skipper. Presumably the sank vessel is the general cargo vessel Indra Jaya IMO 5188091, dwt 1659, built 1962, flag Indonesia.
July 9
Fishing vessel Actinia sank in North sea
Fishing vessel Actinia sank at around 2030 LT July 9 2012 some 20 nm NW of Blavandshuk, Jutland, Denmark, North sea. Water ingress in engine room caused blackout, pump couldnít be started, and vessel finally, sank, with 2 crew barely escaping into the life raft. They were picked up by Hvide Sande rescuers. Fishing vessel Ri 220 Actinia Callsign:OYKX, length 17 meters, flag Denmark.

July 11
Cargo vessel Changqing 16 sank in Yangtze River
Cargo vessel Changqing 16 capsized and sank at 0225 July 11 2012 in Yangtze River off Zhenjiang in Jiangsu Province, vessel loaded with 10168 tons of iron ore was en route from Majishan Island, off the coast of Zhejiang Province, to Zhenjiang. There were 24 people on board, either all crew or some of them passengers or maybe crew relatives, unclear, the reports are confused. 2 persons died and 7 are missing, some news said 2 children died. The cause of the accident is still unknown, authorities said. The details of the vessel are not full, IMO number is invalid. m/v Changqing 16 IMO 724967(invalid), Callsign:BEQD3, GRT 6695, built 2010, flag China, length 135 meters.
July 13
Mutiny on Italian trawler Fatima II, skipper killed, vessel hijacked
Syracuse-based Italian trawler Fatima II with 7 crew was fishing in the Med, at 2030 UTC July 13 a mutiny on board was reported in position vicinity of 33-10N 17-05E, 103 miles off Libyan coast. Three Italian crew were below the deck when they heard shots on upper deck, then they were ordered by other three crew members, two Egyptians and a Tunisian, to go to the life raft. Italians didnít see skipper of the vessel, also Italian, when theyíve been leaving the vessel. One of them managed to raise the alert by phoning home from the raft. Later they were found by a merchant vessel and taken to Greece. It was reported that the relations between Italian skipper and North African crew members were very tight, so presumably they shot him and took trawler somewhere along North Africa Med coast. The coastguards of Tunisia, Libya and Egypt were asked by Italian authorities to cooperate and help finding the hijacked trawler. f/v Fatima II is of 16.8 meter length, hull painted white with blue stripes, there is no other data or picture of the vessel. No doubt the tragedy wonít make Europeans and especially, Italians, more kind towards North Africa illegal migrants.
July 18
Ferry Skagit WSF sank in Tanzania
Tanzanian ferry with more than 250 people on board, including some foreigners, capsized and sank between the east African coast and the Zanzibar archipelago on July 18 2012. As of 0000 UTC July 19 31 dead bodies recovered and 145 people had been rescued, said the Tanzanian authorities. The ferry departed Dar es Salaam around midday, bound for Zanzibar island, went into rough seas and capsized, remaining afloat with bottom up. There were at least 31 children aboard, exact number of passengers remains unknown, between 250 and 300 people. Exact figures remained unknown, some 145 people reportedly died, and 145 have been rescued.
The Skagit was formerly a passenger-only vessel between Seattle and Vashon Island, Washington State Ferries sold the Skagit in 2011 for use in Tanzania. The MV Skagit and MV Kalama, built in 1989, were taken out of service in 2009 and eventually sold together for a total $400,000 to Scope Community Consultants of Port Coquitlam, B.C., according to an announcement by Washington State Ferries. News agencies are giving different new names of the ferry, which was renamed after being delivered to Tanzania. Ferry had a working AIS transmitter, last signal is dated 14.07.12 04:30 UTC, at that date vessel was en route from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam. AIS apparently wasnít re-programmed and was giving the old name of the ferry Skagit WSF (standing for Washington State Ferries), US-flagged.
Skagit WSF IMO 8645284, GRT 308, built 1989, capacity 250 passengers.

July 19
A dredge Arthur J sank, and a tug Madison capsized, in lower Lake Huron
The Coast Guard was notified on July 19, that at 04:35 a 110-foot dredge Arthur J. sank and a 38-foot tugboat Madison capsized in lower Lake Huron. The accident occurred five nautical miles north-northwest of the entrance to the St. Clair River, one nautical mile from the Michigan shoreline and four nautical from Canadian waters. MCM (MCM Marine Inc. in Sault Ste) owns both vessels, and has reported that the tugboat has 300 gallons of diesel fuel aboard and the barge has 1,500 gallons aboard along with a minor amount of lube oil associated with dredge equipment. Emergency agencies responding to the scene have deployed more than 1,400-feet of boom, a temporary barrier used to contain a spill. Photo of sunk dredger by USCG.

July 20
Dozens of prostitutes burned alive on board of offshore supply vessel, Nigeria
On July 20 an explosion occurred on board of a vessel in Abuloma Jetty, Port Harcourt, during the welding works. Explosion caused fire which raged till, presumably, everything burned out. On July 21 fire was raging without any mentioning of firefighting. There were at least 30 persons on board, some jumped in the water after the explosion, only three made it to the shore, two of them presently in critical condition. The rest of those who were on board are feared to be dead. Vessel is said to be carrying supplies, or fuel, to offshore oil facilities. No name or other details of the vessel are given, most likely vessel was a bunker tanker with some dry cargo capacity. Owner of the vessel is searched by the police. Most persons who were aboard are reported to be girls, probably prostitutes whose clients were offshore workers. Photos of the hellish vessel ablaze from local media.

July 26
Fire and explosion on chem tanker Bunga Alpinia, Borneo
At around 0230 July 27 a fire broke out on board of chemical tanker Bunga Alpinia causing an explosion, at the jetty of the Petronas Chemicals Methanol Sdn Bhd terminal near Pulau Enoe in the Rancha-Rancha Industrial Zone, Labuan, Malaysia, Borneo. Vessel was loading petrochemicals bound for Japan, report local media. Four crew went missing and three were injured, one of them later died in a hospital from heavy burns. 29 crew includes 23 Malaysians and 6 Filipinos. 64 firemen are fighting the fire, the vessel already developed a list. Nothing known yet as to the cause of the fire, but probably fire was ignited by a thunderstorm. Two bodies were recovered on July 28, they were flying in the water. Two more are still missing.
Chemical tanker Bunga Alpinia IMO 9389538, dwt 37961, built 2010, flag Malaysia, owner MISC BHD. Photos of the Bunga Alpinia ablaze and after.

July 29
Ferry Super Shuttle Roro 1 capsized engulfed in fire after grounding, Philippines
On July 29 2012 ferry Super Shuttle Roro 1 ran aground at around 19:00 LT 2 nm SW off Agoho Point, Looc Bay, Tablas Island, Sibuyan Sea, Philippines, while trying to shelter from heavy sea brought by tropical storm Gener. Vessel was holed with resulting water ingress, and later for unknown reason, fire started in the superstructure. There were 57 passengers and 16 vehicles on board, ferry was en route to Batangas from Dumaguit. Coast Guard Romblon dispatched a rescue team on two rescue boats, when they arrive at the scene, vessel was engulfed in flamed, 57 passengers and 48 crew were already in life rafts. By 06:30 July 30 all passengers and crew were rescued, including one passenger who died during the accident.
On a small-scale photo from CG Romblon ferry Super Shuttle Roro 1 on fire. Vessel had many names and owners, two photos show vessel in Norway under her first name, Ramses Carrier, and vessel in Philippines under repairs and renovation when she became Super Shuttle Roro 1.
2/1978 "RAMSES CARRIER"; 12/1981 "UGLOAND CARRIER"; 12/1983 " DONA LUISA"; 10/1994 "UGLAND CARRIER"; 4/1985 "LOULAN"; 3/1998 "CEBU TRADER"; ďMihara MaruĒ; ďSuper Shuttle Roro 1Ē.
IMO 7700439, GRT 4090, length 96 meters, built 1978 Norway, flag Philippines, manager ASIAN MARINE TRANSPORT CORP Cebu.

August 01
South Korean tug Kosco 202 sinking in South China sea off Luzon, crew rescued
South Korean tug Kosco 202 sent a distress around midnight August 1 from the position 10 nautical miles west of Capones Point in Zambales Province, Luzon, Philippines, South China sea, at 01:05 LT August 2 Manila Coast Guard received a message from Korean CG informing about the accident. Tug was towing an unidentified barge to Samarinda from Shanghai and encountered strong wind and heavy seas. Towline broke, engine room started to take on water and was flooded, 7 Korean crew abandoned the vessel. CG ship was dispatched to the distressed tug from Subic Bay, and rescued Korean crew at around 06:00. CG ship spotted the drifting barge at around 06:30 some two to three nautical miles west of San Antonio, Zambales. The tug by the time crew was rescued was still afloat with heavy starboard list, almost capsized. Tug Kosco 202 IMO 7709461, dwt 1320, built 1977, flag South Korea, manager NEW KOREA SHIP MANAGEMENT CO LTD.

August 03
Cruise vessel Didim Mavisi destroyed by fire, 100 passengers safe
Cruise vessel Didim Mavisi went on flames on August 3 2012 off the coast of Sarimsakli, Tirkey, Aegean sea, with 100 passengers aboard. Fire started in the galley and quickly engulfed literally all the vessel. Master managed to take vessel into the nearest cove and as seen on photo, dropped an anchor. Luckily, nobody was injured, all passengers and crew were safely evacuated as other boats came to rescue. Some passengers jumped into water and swam ashore. Vessel is totally destroyed by fire. No photos found of the Didim Mavisi before the fire. Passenger vessel Didim Mavisi MMSI 271042362, length 30 meters, flag Turkey.

August 08
French cable layer vessel Chamarel on fire and grounded, Namibia
August 24: The operation to salvage France Telecom -Orange's cable ship , the CHAMAREL, which ran aground following a fire on 8 August, is now underway. The ship is currently located on sand banks 30 km from Henties Bay in Namibia. Every effort is being made by the Group and the experts in charge of the salvage operation to minimize the environmental impact of this incident. The Namibian Ministry of Transport has requested that France Telecom-Orange remove any pollutants from th e vessel and move her to a location where she will not pose any threat to the environment. In agreement with the insurance companies, a specialist company, Smit Salvage, has been appointed to oversee these operations.
French cable layer vessel Chamarel grounded and was still burning unattended as of afternoon August 9. Locals reported two loud explosions heard, and around 1430 LT vessel ran aground on a sand bar. France Telecom-Orange said the cause of fire still unknown. There were 56 crew on board, all safe. The vessel was returning from a mission to repair the Sat3/WASC/Safe submarine cable which connects Portugal and Spain to nine West African countries, and then to India and Malaysia. The Chamarel, formerly known as CS Vercors, is actually a historically important vessel in international fiber optic communications. The ship was in service since 1975, and laid over a hundred thousand kilometers of cable, including AT&T's TAT-6 transatlantic cable, and EMOS-1 the first Israeli-built undersea cable. In 2000, the vessel was used to set the record for the deepest submarine cable at 1,610 meters (just over one mile).
France Telecom-Orange currently operates six cable ships, four are dedicated to maintenance services in the Mediterranean basin, the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, and two are used to lay new submarine cable.
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French cable laying vessel Chamarel on fire drifting off Namibia, abandoned by crew
Fire broke out on board of cable laying vessel Chamarel on August 8, when vessel was 68 miles north off Hentiesbay, Namibia, busy with laying cable from Cape Town to Europe. Initial reports indicated that a fire broke out on the bridge and then spread quickly to the rest of the vessel. Patrol boat Nataneul Maxwilili rescued the crew and took them to Walwis Bay, reportedly no one was injured, no casualities. Crew consists of some 40 plus people. Abandoned vessel is drifting off Namibian coast.
Cable laying vessel Chamarel IMO 7347718, GRT 8575, built 1974, flag Mauritius, manager FRANCE TELECOM MARINE..

August 10
Trawler Audacious - BF 83 sank off Lossiemouth, North sea
British fishing vessel Audacious - BF 83 sank on August 10 at around 1430 LT in the North sea 40 miles east of Aberdeen, in calm conditions of yet unknown reason. 6 crew went to life rafts, was picked up by a nearby vessel and later airlifted by helicopter. No injures reported. Trawler Audacious - BF 83 MMSI 232004680, length 27 meters.

August 12
Ukrainian freighter Yukka sank on Eregli Road after fire on board
Ukrainian general cargo vessel Yukka sank 2 miles off Eregli port, Turkey, Black sea, presumably on August 12, after fire on board. Fire broke out on August 9 2012, when vessel was 40 miles off Cide, Kastamonu district, Turkey, en route from Istanbul to Rostov-on-Don, Russia, loaded with general cargo, including glass, ceramics and textile dye. It is understood that 13 crew was evacuated and taken to Inebolu, 2 officer was slightly injured. Fire reportedly extinguished by Turkish Coast Guard, vessel was towed to Eregli Road and later sank there due to water ingress in engine room. Local TV video: http://webtv.hurriyet.com.tr/2/36579/21215443/1/yukka-gemisi-boyle-batti.aspx
General cargo vessel Yukka IMO 7421095, dwt 3353, built 1974, flag Moldova, manager DONBASSTRANSITSERVICE, Ukraine.

August 16
Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze aground and battered by storm, Chile
Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze drifted aground early in the morning August 16 after dragging anchor on the road off Chilean port of San Antonio in a stormy weather. Vessel arrived to San Antonio from Chilean port Arica and was anchored for already 2 days. Vessel drifted onto the Llolleo Beach and went hard aground on a sandbank. Chilean Navy helicopters rescued 24 crew members, most of them Filipino nationals. Vessel is loaded with wheat and soy beans. It is understood there is no salvage yet due to bad weather, forecast says the weather wonít improve until August 20 at least, meanwhile the vessel is being battered by waves risking serious damages. Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze IMO 9309667, dwt 52289, built 2006, flag HK, manager FEDNAV LTD, Canada.
Salvage update, Sep 21
Chilean Maritime Latin America web edition update on bulk carrier Ocean Breeze salvage on Sep 21. Vesselís cargo is offloaded into barge Bertina, plan to offload cargo using hoses connecting holds with the beach was rejected as too complicated. About 700 tons were offloaded. Vessel is in the same position on the beach of Llolleo, her fate is unknown, as well as her present condition.
Bulk carrier Ocean Breeze declared a total loss
Oct 9: The owner of bulk carrier Ocean Breeze stranded on Llolleo Beach, Chile, since August 16 2012, declared vessel a total loss, as the cost of salvage and repair exceeds the cost of the vessel. Insurers are to invite bids for the removal of the vessel, contenders are to submit a plan envisaging the disposal of the cargo left on board, some, 30,000 tons of wheat and soybeans. Tender is to be resolved in two weeks, said the maritime authorities of San Antonio.

August 23
Greek bulk carrier Thermopylae Sierra sank on the road of Colombo
Bulk carrier Thermopylae Sierra sank on the road of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on August 23, anchored on the road since 2009, after being detained in accordance with court order following cargo and crew disputes. Vessel was abandoned and not maintained for quite a time, authorities were warned well in advance about the risk of sinking. Thermopylae Sierra sank with some 70 tons of fuel on board, which doesnít seem to worry much the authorities, who managed to remove some 250 tons of fuel, and are contented with the rest. Bulk carrier Thermopylae Sierra IMO 8313075, dwt 24779, built 1985, flag Cyprus, manager THESARCO SHIPPING, Greece.

August 26
Tug Phil Pasig capsized with crew trapped inside, Philippines
In the morning August 26 tug Phil Pasig capsized and sank in Batangas province, Luzon, Philippines. Tug ran aground the day before, while towing barge to Mabini Anchorage, Batangas, and was pushed aground by a storm. Tug Alphard refloated Phil Pasig and started to tow vessel, when suddenly Phil Pasig, battered by big waves, capsized, trapping 5 crew inside. 4 crew managed to get out and were rescued shortly after diaster, 1 died. No data on Phil Pasig except photo.

August 28
Two Chinese fishing vessels with 34 crew sunk by typhoon Bolaven in East China Sea
Two Chinese fishing vessels, Yuejiangchengyu91104 and Yuejiangchengyu91105, with 34 crew on board, capsized and sank in East China Sea on August 28 at around 0240 LT about 1 mile off SE Jeju Island coast. Vessels got caught in a typhoon Bolaven with gale-force wind and big waves. Both vessels are registered in Weihai, Shandong Province. 2 crew managed to get to the shore, and notified the authorities. The coast guard used a special gun to shoot rope to one ship so officers could pull themselves over and bring the fishermen back to shore. Eighteen fishermen survived. The coast guard rescued 12, and the others swam or were washed ashore. On a photo Korean rescuers assist Chinese fisherman, Jeju.

August 28
Bulk carrier Pacific Carrier broke in two in typhoon Bolaven
Bulk carrier Pacific Carrier broke in two in typhoon Bolaven on August 28 on Samchonpo anchorage, near Sacheon, to the south of Busan, South Korea. Vessel was in a lay-up after the collision with boxship Hyundai Confidence on Dec 14 2011. Vessel was apparently in ballast, the cargo of coal was offloaded after the collision. Collision report, photos of boxship Hyundai Confidence after the collision and Pacific Carrier after the typhoon.
Collision between boxship Hyundai Confidence and capesize Pacific Carrier
On Dec 14 2011 boxship Hyundai Confidence collided with capesize bulk carrier Pacific Carrier off Kwangyang. Pacific Carrier was loaded with coal, en route from Indonesia to South Korea, Hyundai Confidence was on CM4 Service (Asia Ė Middle East). Damages of Hyundai Confidence can be seen and appreciated on pics, while Pacific Carrier suffered heavy damages in Holds 5 and 6 area, with resulting water ingress. Pics sent by a witness, a seaman Andrey, Maritime Bulletin reader.

Boxship Hyundai Confidence IMO 9254848, dwt 68020, capacity 5605 TEU, built 2003, flag Panama, manager Hyundai Merchant Marine.
Bulk carrier Pacific Carrier IMO 8417637, dwt 146939, built 1986, flag South Korea, manager SINOKOR-THOME SHIP MANAGEMENT.

August 30
Dutch freighter Hammelwarden abandoned and adrift off Sahara, Atlantic
General cargo vessel Hammelwarden reported abandoned and drifting in the Atlantic off Western Sahara since August 30 2012, last known position at 00:50 UTC September 4 was in 22 21N 017 57W, speed 1 knot, moving in southern direction. AIS tracking shows 1 knot speed, which is looking like drifting, for at least 24 hours. No other details available at the moment. General cargo vessel Hammelwarden IMO 5141342, dwt 608, built 1960, flag Moldova, manager according to AIS is a Dutch company SHALLOW SHIPPING BV, but vessel may be sold for quite a time and still keep outdated data in AIS system. Lloydís Class is withdrawn, survey overdue.

September 1
British trawler Chloe T sank in English Channel
British trawler Chloe T issued distress signal at 16:20 LT September 1 2012 in position 17 miles SW of Bolt Head, Salcombe, UK, in English Channel. According to MCA report, the vessel reported that they were taking on water in the engine room. Brixham Coastguard immediately sent the RNLI lifeboat based at Salcombe and the Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter from Culdrose to the scene. After the fishing vessel lost power and the pumps failed all the crew took to the liferaft. The ferry Armorique and Maersk Partas reached the scene first and stood-by the liferaft until the helicopter arrived and winched the crew to safety. The five crew were safely transported on shore and Brixham Coastguard connected with the owner over salvage of the vessel. Fishing vessel Chloe T length 26 meters, Callsign MLVY2, flag UK.

September 6
Vietnamese freighter Hoang Thinh 8 sank in Gulf of Tonkin
Vietnamese freighter Hoang Thinh 8 sank in 20-36N 107-28E, Gulf of Tonkin, 38 nm SE of Haiphong, on Sep 6 2012. Two crew rescued and seven missing. General cargo vessel Hoang Thinh 8 IMO 9024607, dwt 941, built 2002, flag Vietnam, manager HOANG THINH TRANSPORT, Haiphong. On a pic of a map photo of another vessel of the same owner, Hoang Thinh 17.

September 09
Local fishing boat sunk by Taiwanese bulk carrier Tai Harvest, China
At about 06:45 LT Sep 9 Taiwanese bulk carrier Tai Harvest collided with local fishing boat in Yellow sea. Fishing boat with 9 fishermen on board sank, 3 were rescued and 6 went missing. Bulk carrier Tai Harvest as of morning Sep 15 was anchored at Lianyungang Anchorage, investigation under way. Vessel was en route from Maputo to Lianyungang. Bulk carrier Tai Harvest IMO 9233428, dwt 51008, built 2002, flag Panama, manager TAIWAN NAVIGATION CO. LTD.
September 11
Trawler Sarah Jayne capsized off Berry Head, Brixham
Brixham Coastguard picked up a distress alert from the fishing vessel Girl Rhona at 11:24 Sep 11, informing them that a fishing vessel Sarah Jayne had capsized 2.5 miles off Berry Head, Brixham. The distressed vessel is the Exmouth 15-metre beam trawler, Sarah Jayne, skippered by Mr. Geoff Ingram. Two fishermen were rescued and one went missing.

September 14
Tug CMM Coatzacoalcos sank or capsized, Veracruz, Mexico
Tug CMM Coatzacoalcos sank or capsized during underwater construction works in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico, on Sep 14 2012. 3 crew were rescued, master died in an accident, his body was recovered. Chief engineer went missing. Reportedly the tug was forced to continue work in an adverse weather. Tug CMM Coatzacoalcos IMO 9332327, GRT 425, built 2005, flag Mexico, manager BOLUDA GROUP.
September 15
Taiwanese freighter New Lucky 3 crew evacuated, vessel drifting with heavy list, Taiwan
General cargo vessel New Lucky 3 issued distress signal at 04:50 UTC Sep 15 2012 reporting dangerous list developed after cargo shift in a stormy weather 35 nautical miles off the coast of Bali in northwestern Taiwan. Vessel loaded with logs was en route to China. Taiwan Search and Rescue Command Center coordinated the rescue operation involving helicopter and Coast Guard ship. Helicopter airlifted 7 crew members, CG ship picked 9, the master of the vessel fell to the sea during rescue and went missing. Derelict vessel with heavy list is drifting at sea posing a threat to vessels in the area. Rescued crew consisting of 3 Chinese, 3 Filipinos, and 10 Indonesians was taken to Keelung, Taiwan. General cargo vessel New Lucky 3 IMO 9228277, dwt 7716, built 2000, flag Hong Kong, manager FRANBO LINES CORP, Taiwan. On a shipspotting.com photo taken in May 2009 New Lucky 3 as Mighty Ace.

September 19
Chinese Dong He on fire, crew rescued by Japanese Coast Guard
Aggregate carrier Dong He issued distress signal at around 09:37 LT Sep 19, reporting fire on board and requesting immediate assistance. Japanese Coast Guard patrol plane spotted vessel in East China Sea, some 75 miles off Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. CG ship was dispatched to the distressed vessel, and around noon 12 crew, including 10 Chinese, 1 Indonesian and 1 Myanmar was rescued, no injures reported. Cause of the fire and present condition of the vessel are unknown. Dong He was en route from Nagoya to Haimen, China. Aggregates carrier Dong He IMO 8804103, dwt 1156, built 1989, flag Cambodia, manager JU DONG SHIPPING CO LTD, China.

September 23
Reefer Vest sank in Okhotsk sea
Reefer Vest sank at around 20:00 LT Sep 23 some 4 miles off Oktyabrskiy village, west coast of Kanchatka Peninsula, Okhotsk sea. Reportedly vessel capsized and sank after cargo shift. 1 crew died during the accident, 1 went missing, the remaining 8 dame it to the life rafts and were rescued by nearby fishing vessel MRS-046 some time later. All rescued are safe and sound. Reefer Vest IMO 8826723, dwt 70 mt, built 1990, flag Russia, owner Atlantica Co., Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. On a photo from shipspotting.com, taken on June 24 2011, Vest (not West!) aground at Palana, Kamchatka river estuary.

September 24
Long liner Horiei Maru sank after collision with freighter Nikkei Tiger, 13 crew missing
At around 02:30 Tokyo time Sep 24 2012 tuna-fishing vessel Horiei Maru collided with bulk carrier Nikkei Tiger in pos 38 30N 149 05E area, some 320 miles east off Honshu, Pacific ocean. Fishing vessel sank, 9 crew out of 22 were rescued by a nearby vessel, 13 went missing, search is under way. Bulk carrier is undamaged. Nikkei Tiger was proceeding in eastern direction, presumably to North America. No photo of Horiei Maru found. Bulk carrier Nikkei Tiger IMO 9159438, dwt 45363, built 1997, flag Panama, manager TAMAI STEAMSHIP CO. LTD, Japan. Fishing vessel Horiei Maru IMO 9218894, GRT 119, built 1999, flag Japan.

September 25
Major fire on Greek freighter Everton, Mozambique Strait
Greek freighter Everton suffered major fire in Mozambique Strait on Sep 25, with serious damages to engine room, bridge and superstructure. Vessel was disabled and requested assistance, on Sep 26 reportedly three tugs were to assist Everton and take her on tow, part of the freighterís 16 crew is to be evacuated. Last known position Sep 26 03:47 UTC was 20 19S 037 57E, speed 1.8 knots course 311 deg, maybe vessel was drifting. Everton was en route from Pemba, Mozambique, to Mitsamudu, Comoros Crew is Filipino-Russian-Ukrainian. General cargo vessel Everton (ex Jan; ex OXL Nomad) IMO 9169823, dwt 8874, capacity 544 TEU, built 1997, flag Antigua, manager MULTIBULK MARINE MANAGEMENT SA, Greece.

Fire on m/v Everton left crew without communication, water and food
A source which asked to stay anonymous informed Maritime Bulletin on m/v Everton present condition. The good news are, there are no casualities and no one was injured. The rest is not good Ė vessel is heavily damaged by the fire, all the equipment destroyed or damaged, except portable VHF radio. Superstructure suffered damages to such an extent that the crew was left without supplies, fresh water and food, which were provided by a car carrier Morning Crown (IMO 9285641). According to latest info, salvage tug is proceeding to the disabled Everton for salvage and towage.
JRCC Stavanger Norway is in charge of m/v Everton salvage operation. Photo of the vessel after the fire.

Everton towed to Durban
Ports and Ships SAR reported that Greek freighter Everton arrives at the Dormac Marine repair quay in Durban sometime between Oct 22-25, after having been towed by the Subtech Salvage tug TERAS HYDRA. The vessel suffered a major fire on Sep 25. After giving consideration to taking the ship to Beira, it was decided instead to tow her to Durban where an an assessment and investigation into the cause of the fire could be carried out at the Dormac repair quay.

September 26
Indonesian ferry Bahuga Jaya sank after collision with LPG tanker Norgas Cathinka
Indonesian ferry Bahuga Jaya with unknown number of passengers and some 30 crew on board collided with tanker in Sunda Strait in the morning Sep 26 2012 , about 4 miles from Bakauheni Port, Lampung Selatan en route to Bakauheni from the Merak Port in Banten. Ferry sank after collision, at least 8 people died, more than 200 hundred were evacuated, meaning it took some time for vessel to sink. Search and rescue are under way involving helicopter and all available vessels in the area. Ferry collided with LPG tanker Norgas Cathinka, which is detained by Indonesian marine police. Ferry Bahuga Jaya IMO 7206392, GRT 3972, built 1972, flag Indonesia. On a photo from Flickr ferry Bahuga Jaya, and tanker detained by police.
Ten nearby merchant ships quickly responded to the captain's distress signal, sailing in from the busy Sunda Straits to help rescue passengers and crew. Just 20 minutes after the distress signal was given, the ferry sank. Eight bodies have been pulled from the waters, including that of a 10-year-old girl. They were believed to have drowned because they couldn't swim and jumped into the sea without life jackets. The official manifest showed the ferry was carrying 213 passengers and crew, as well as 78 vehicles. It has a capacity for 300 passengers and 70 vehicles.
LPG tanker Norgas Cathinka IMO 9370654, dwt 10003, built 2009, flag Singapore, manager NORGAS CARRIERS PTE LTD, Singapore.

September 29
Unidentified tanker, allegedly m/t Shun Cheng, on fire in Gulf of Tonkin
Fire broke on board of anchored tanker Shun Cheng on Sep 29 in position 20-40N 106-51E, Gulf of Tonkin, off Hai Phong, Vietnam. 1 crew members died in an accident, 6 were injured. Crew was evacuated. Vietnam media reported the name of the vessel as Shun Cheng, Taiwan-flagged freighter of more than 3,800 tonnage, which is obviously a mistake, because there is no such vessel in known databases. Judging from the photo of the burning vessel itís definitely tanker. Fire was caused by sparks during welding works.

October 1
Passenger vessel Lamma IV and ferry collided in Honk Kong
At 2023 LT October 1 two coastal passenger vessels collided in East Lamma Channel, Hong Kong. The Lamma IV vessel was chartered by power company Hong Kong Electric to take staff and family members to watch National Day fireworks in Victoria Harbour. Another vessel was a ferry operated by Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Holdings Ltd., making a scheduled trip. The collision took place in busy waters with heavy local traffic at the end of a holiday, which marked autumn festival and Chinaís National Day. Ferry with some 100 passengers on board escaped the collision with minimal damages and resumed voyage, several passengers were slightly injured. The Lamma IV sank by stern but remained afloat with the bow part above the water. There were more than 120 passengers and 3 crew on board, as of 02:00 UTC Oct 2 more than 100 passengers were rescued and mostly taken to hospital, 36 passengers were reported dead, 28 died on the scene and 8 died later in hospital. Search and rescue continues, the exact number of passengers on board of Lamma IV still unknown. 39 total death toll was reported.
Lamma IV with the registration number A9153 seems to be a ferry vessel chartered for a pleasure trip.
High-speed ferry Sea Smooth Callsign VRS4325 length 27 meters, owner Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Holdings Ltd.

October 5
Two Chinese freighters caught fire in Japanese waters in 8 days
Second Chinese freighter, this time Haoda 6, on fire in Japan waters
General cargo vessel Haoda 6 caught fire off the coast of the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Fukuoka at around 03:00 LT Oct 5, either in Inner Japan Sea or in Japan sea, en route from Chiba to Ningbo with 980 tons of scrap on board. Japanese Coast Guard ship was sent to assist Haoda 6, no other details available as of afternoon Oct 5. crew is 9, including 7 Chinese nationalities. Itís a second Chinese freighter loaded with scrap to caught fire in Inner Japan sea in 8 days, on Sep 27 fire erupted on board of Hao Han in Osaka Bay.
General cargo vessel Haoda 6 IMO 8864282, dwt 1578, built 1992, flag Cambodia, manager SHANGHAI XIANGDA SHIPPING CO.


Hao Han fire news:
Japanese Coast Guard rescued 12 crew from Chinese freighter Hao Han
Friday, September 28, 2012
At around 21:00 LT Sep 27 fire erupted on board of Chinese general cargo vessel Hao Han under way in Osaka Bay, Japan, en route from Osaka to China with cargo of scrap. After 12 crew failed to extinguish fire by own means, master requested assistance, and Japan Coast Guard ship took on board all the crew with no injures. Reportedly fire was extinguished around midday Sep 28.
General cargo vessel Hao Han IMO 9310329, dwt 2847, built 2003, flag Panama, manager YANTAI RUIHAI INTL SHPG MGMT.
On photos Hao Han on fire.

October 18
Malaysian freighter Shinline 8 sank off Jeju island, East China sea
Malaysian general cargo vessel Shinline 8 sank some 30 miles W of Jeju island, South Korea, East China sea, on Oct 18 2012 due to water ingress. Vessel requested the assistance in the morning around 07:00 LT, a Coast Guard ship was sent to assist. It is understood that the attempts to control water ingress failed, and it was decided to evacuate crew. A high-speed 2 crew CG boat rescue boat took on board 15 crew members of Shinline 8 and headed for the shore, but boat capsized in stormy waters with waves up to 4 meters high. There were 15 Shinline 8 crew and 2 boat crew on board, 5 were trapped inside the capsized boat. It is understood that 5 people died in this accident, all of them from Shinline 8 crew, among them 3 Filipino and 2 Chinese nationalities. 2 people were taken to hospital unconscious in critical condition, but later recovered consciousness. Presumably water ingress started in engine room area, vessel suffered a blackout when the machinery was damaged by flooding water. It is understood that not all the crew was evacuated, Master, three other crew and CG salvage team for some time stayed on board and left vessel later. On photos overturned rescue boat with people climbing to itsí bottom, and moments of crew evacuation, with Shinline 8 already sitting low in the water.
General cargo vessel Shinline 8 IMO 8920749, dwt 7025, built 1990, flag Malaysia, owner SHINLINE SDN BHD. 19 crew included 13 Chinese and 6 Filipino nationalities.

October 20
Chinese reefer Ming Yang on fire in the Pacific
Burning reefer Ming Yang is to be salvaged
In the morning Oct 22 Chinese rescue vessel East China Sea Rescue 111 took on board all 64 crew of reefer Ming Yang rescued by Japanese Coast Guard on Oct 21 in the Pacific after vessel caught fire. After transfer was completed rescue vessel proceeded to reefer Ming Yang which is most probably, still on fire, for a salvage. Judging from the available photo of Ming Yang on fire, situation doesnít look all that bad.

Chinese reefer Ming Yang on fire in the Pacific, 64 crew rescued by Japanese Coast Guard
Chinese reefer Ming Yang required immediate assistance, reporting fire on board, on the night of Oct 20 2012. Japanese Coast Guard dispatched patrol boats which managed to rescued all 64 crew, rescue operation was successfully completed by 03:45 Tokyo time Oct 21. 23 people were picked up from life rafts, other 41 were rescued from board of the reefer, reportedly they found refuge on a bow port of the vessel, fícastle maybe, the rest of vessel being on fire or covered with thick smoke. Crew of 64 seems to be too high even for a big reefer, but Chinese vessels generally have bigger crews than most vessels of the same type and tonnage belonging to other nations.
Reefer Ming Yang IMO 8131544, GRT 12703, built 1981, flag S-Vincent, manager ZHOUSHAN HAIBAO TRANSPORT CO, China. Reefer was built in Eastern Germany and up until 2001 belonged to Soviet and then Russian Far East shipowner, under the name of Vostochniy Bereg.

October 27
Taiwanese longliner Chin Zuei Yin on fire, 28 crew evacuated, Pacific ocean
Taiwanese longliner Chin Zuei Yin issued emergency signal on Oct 27 reporting fire on board, from a position some 1400 miles north of French Frigate Shoals, Hawaii. A Coast Guard HC-130 crew was launched to assist. The C-130 crew located the crew of the burning vessel at approximately 10:30 p.m., Oct 27. The C-130 crew notified Chin Zuei Yin's nearby sister ships of the coordinates, and they rescued all 28 crewmembers from life rafts. There were no reported injuries, the cause of the fire is unknown. Rescue Coordination Center Taipei is working with the fishing company to determine final disposition of the vessel. Longliner Chin Zuei Yin IMO 8746961, GRT 480, built 1995, flag Taiwan.

October 27
m/v Amurskaya and itsí cargo of gold disappearance
Oct 27 Ė 27 vessel is loading cargo, gold ore, on the road of Kiran port, pos 55 00 N 135 23E, SW Okhotsk sea.
In the morning of Oct 27, around noon latest, vessel left Kiran for Okhotsk port loaded with about 600 tons of gold ore. Okhotsk port is 370 nautical miles to the north, along a streamlined coastline, some 48 hours sailing for Amurskaya with her 8 knots cruise speed.
Latest known position according to vesselís AIS is 54 58N 135 39E at 1130UTC Oct 27, vessel was proceeding at a speed of 3.4 knots Ė either due to mechanical problem, or most probably, because vessel was already in a storm with NE wind 17-20 meters/sec and sea up to 3 meters.
The EPIRB was activated at 2300 UTC Oct 27 in position 54 57.36N 135 51.36E.
The distance between last known position and position of EPIRB is a small one, vessel could drift to EPIRB position even being under way, because disabled or under way, vessel was apparently drifting, trying to hold on against waves and wind.
Most probable cause of the sinking is the shift of the cargo ore, due to inability of the vessel to hold on against waves and wind. Vessel has a weak engine, it probably, failed, so vessel was turned so that his side was open to waves, most dangerous situation in the storm, especially with bulk cargo on board.
General cargo vessel Amurskaya IMO 7313614, dwt 611, built 1973, flag Russia. F/v Amurskoye IMO 9075840, displacement 2829 tons, built 1992, flag Russia. On a photo from shipspotting.com freighter Amurskaya in distress, aground off Kuhtui river estuary, Okhotsk, Okhotsk sea, photo by Savitskiy Igor.

Missed Amurskaya crew could reach desolate island, still alive and hoping for rescue
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Relatives of the crew of general cargo vessel Amurskaya, which sank in Okhotsk sea, presumably with all hands, appealed to authorities and media to start search and rescue operation on a Maly Shantar (Little Shantar) Island in Shantar Archipelago, south east Okhotsk sea. They sent to Maritime Bulletin photos of life saving equipment, including life jackets, which was found on the coastline of the island. Islandís area is some 100 sq. kilometers, island is uninhabited and covered by forest. Their appeal already reached the authorities, with absolutely no reaction except promise to collect the equipment for further check. No mentioning of the possibility of resuming search and rescue. Theoretically, people could still be alive and wait for rescue. Photos of the life saving equipment found on the island.


October 29
HMS Bounty sank off Hatteras, Atlantic ocean
Famous replica of famous HMS Bounty tall ship went down on Oct 29 some 90 miles SE of Hatteras, North Caroline, after encountering a hurricane. The owner of the ship reported contact was lost late Oct 28. The 16 person crew donned cold water survival suits and lifejackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies. The vessel was reportedly taking on water and was without propulsion. On scene weather is reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas. Watchstanders dispatched crews aboard two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to rescue the crew. The first Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people into the aircraft, and a second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people. The 14 people were being flown to Air Station Elizabeth City where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel. Two people, woman and man, were missing. Later that day the Coast Guard recovered the body of a woman and continued to search for a missing man.
Reference from easternyachts.com:
This famous replica of the original Bounty was launched in 1961, commissioned by MGM for their 1962 film Mutiny on the Bounty. More recently she starred in, amongst numerous others, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
She was built from the original ship's drawings still on file in the British Admiralty archives. She was constructed in the traditional manner at Smith and Ruhland Shipyard in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. However, all the dimensions were increased by approximately one third to accommodate the large 70 mm cameras used. Though the ship was scheduled to be burned at the end of the film, Marlon Brando threatened to walk off the set, so MGM kept this vessel in service.
She can be licensed for 12 passengers under way, 150 on deck static, and has berths for 49. Mechanical propulsion is by two John Deere 375hp diesels. In recent years she has been almost completely rebuilt.

October 30
Vietnamese freighter Saigon Queen sank off Sri Lanka
Vietnamese general cargo vessel Saigon Queen sank in the afternoon Oct 30 off Sri Lanka, issuing emergency signal at around noon Oct 30. Vessel was en route from Myanmar to Tutticorin, India, lodaded with wood. Vessel encountered storm caused by cyclone Nilam, last known AIS signal dated 22:20 Oct 29 from position 07 58N 084 09E indicated Saigon Queen was proceeding at reduced speed of some 3 knots, apparently trying to hold on against waves. Vessel capsized due to cargo shift, and sank, S&R operation was conducted by joint efforts of Sri Lankan rescuers, US Navy, Indian MRCC and vessels in the vicinity. There were 22 crew on board of Saigon Queen, 3 were rescued by bulk carrier Pacific Skipper (IMO 8405804) at around 21:20 LT, 15 went into life rafts and were rescued later, 4 went missing, among them captain and chief engineer. General cargo vessel Saigon Queen IMO 9364083, dwt 6500, built 2006, flag Vietnam, manager SAIGON SHIPPING JOINT STOCK CO.

October 31
The failure of the Captain. Indian tanker Pratibha Cauvery tragedy.
The captain of the ill-gated Indian tanker Pratibha Cauvery and the Chennai Port Authorities blame each other for an accident which claimed 6 lives. Vessel was anchored outside the Chennai Port area in Outer Anchorage, rather close to the beach, when cyclone Nilam closed the eastern coast of India on Oct 31. Port authorities said they demanded the vessel to move either north or east to the open sea. According to Indian media, vessel heaved an anchor at around 11:00 Oct 31 when the storm already hit the coast. Tanker was proceeding along the coastline and tried to head on to open sea, but didnít make it with the speed of only 5 knots, and had to drop both anchors to avoid grounding. Anchors didnít hold, and tanker was pushed aground at Besant Nagar beach at around 14:20 local time.
After the grounding, master was advised by the companyís manager in charge to stay calm and try to stabilize the vessel by ballasting. Apparently, there was a panic on board, master requested from port authorities the evacuation of the 37 crew, but was rejected, he was told the weather was too rough to send rescue boats, and he should use vesselís life boats. A life boat was lowered with 22 sailors on board, and almost immediately capsized, throwing people into the sea. 17 sailors were rescued, it is understood that some of them managed to swim to the shore, and some were rescued by fishing boats. Itís not clear what has become of other 15 crew, were they all evacuated later, or some of them are still on board keeping duty. Anyway, the vessel is still on beach, not capsized or broken, so the best and safest decision back then should be to stay on board and outwait the storm. 6 crew died Ė 5 in a life boat accident, and 1 on board of the tanker under unclear circumstances.
Master is blaming the authorities for failing to rescue the crew, authorities are blaming master for failing to take the vessel to sea off the dangerous coast, when there was time, as he was warned about the coming storm well in advance.
Whatever the faults and flaws of Chennai port authority are, the main person to be blamed for the tragedy seems to be the master of the vessel. He failed to take vessel to the sea when there was still time, and he failed his main and utmost masterís responsibility for the crewís lives. He wasnít able to prevent panic and resulting attempt of 22 crew to abandon the vessel in a life boat. In requiring the evacuation, he didnít estimate and compare the risks of either staying aboard, or trying to abandon the vessel.
Further development demonstrated that to stay on board was the only safe choice. Now master is blaming authorities and as it seems, doesnít feel or recognize, at least partially, his guilt and failure. A sorry sight.
The salvage operation is likely to start November 7. A six-member team from Philippines and Netherlands representing SMIT Salvage investigated the seaworthiness of the vessel. On Nov 1, the Pratibha Shipping Company had signed the Lloyds Open Form with SMIT. Chennai Port Trust and Ennore Port with itsí tugs may also take part in salvage.
Chemical tanker Pratibha Cauvery IMO 7920754, dwt 29810, built 1981, flag India, owner PRATIBHA SHIPPING CO. LTD. Photos of the beached Prathibha Cauvery from local media.

Tanker Pratibha Cauvery refloated, India
Tanker Pratibha Cauvery was refloated on Nov 11 after several days of salvage operation, the tug Malavya 21 finally pulled the tanker off the Besant Nagar beach, Chennai, India. Tanker reportedly was anchored at Chennai outer road and now awaiting itís fate, reportedly Chennai port authorities wonít let the vessel dock in port due to ownerís inability to pay.

December 4
Black sea disaster. m/v Volgo-Balt 199 sank, rescue boat Kiyiemniyeti 7 crashed in S&R.
General cargo vessel Volgo-Balt 199 sank in Black sea
General cargo vessel Volgo-Balt 199 sank or sinking in Black sea, 18 nm SE of Istanbul Strait. EPIRB was activated at 1020 LT Dec 4 2012, in position 41 21.39N 029 29.18E, no contacts with the vessel since then. Crew 11 Ukrainians and 2 Russians. Turkey authorities sent to the scene helicopter, salvage boats, all vessels in the area asked to assist in Search and Rescue.
General cargo vessel Volgo-Balt 199 IMO 8850279, dwt 3498, built 1976, flag S-Kitts, manager VALSHIP PE, Ukraine.
German freighter BBC Adriatic beached in Black sea by a storm which sank m/v Volgo-Balt 199 German general cargo vessel BBC Adriatic beached by storm near Kumkoy, Black sea coast west of Istanbul Strait, at around 0900 LT Dec 4 2012. Salvage tug and boats sent to the scene, itís not clear yet if crew is to be evacuated.
General cargo vessel BBC Adriatic IMO 9378230, dwt 6042, built 2008, flag Antigua, manager BRIESE SCHIFFAHRT, Germany.

Volgo-Balt 199 and BBC Adriatic update. 3 crew rescued.
Reportedly three crew from the sank general cargo vessel Volgo-Balt 199 were rescued, one died shortly after rescue, most probably from hypothermia and shock. Vessel was loaded with coal, most probable cause of the sudden sinking is the capsizing due to cargo shift. BBC Adriatic in a very serious situation, vessel is in ballast and was dragged ashore after engine failure, with both anchors dropped. Vessel reportedly is in ballast, 14 crew is still on board, and judging from the photos, it looks like most safe place at the moment.

VolgoBalt and BBC Adriatic Dec 5 update
As of morning Dec 5 search and rescue news are rather confused, but summing it up, 5 seamen from Volgo-Balt 199 were rescued, and 1 dead recovered, 8 are considered to be missing. Still, itís not clear if all 5 rescued are alive, 1 of them probably died shortly after rescue. Rescue boat Kiyiemniyeti 7 (Callsign TCA2070, length 17 meters), involved in Volgo-Balt 199 S&R, was smashed against a breakwater of Sile harbour, Turkey, in the afternoon of Dec 4. There were five rescuers on board, reportedly three went missing, and two drowned, later it was said 2 were rescued. S&R is to be resumed with the daylight Dec 5, though very small hope remains that there some people still alive, itís a winter Black sea with a severe storm raging around.
There is little doubt the vessel sank in a very short time due to capsizing after cargo of coal shift. Vessels of river-sea type are flat-bottomed and rather unstable in a rough weather in high seas. Theyíre restricted by a 50-mile coastal zone sailing only. If such vessel canít hold on against waves, either because engine is to weak, or failed, in just minutes vessel is turned so itsí side is open to the waves. If there is timber or bulk cargo on board, such a vessel is virtually doomed. Iíve experienced exactly the same mishap working on Volgo-Balt type timber carrier in Japan sea. Our steering failed, almost immediately vessel was turned portside against the waves, but luckily, steering was fixed in several minutes, and we managed to steer back on course.
BBC Adriatic AIS shows the vessel changed position and assumingly, managed to move from the coastal shallows to deeper waters, and as of morning Dec 5 is anchored some 2 miles off coast, waiting for weather improve.

December 5
Corvus J and Baltic Ace collision, North sea
Vessels collided in a position 51 50N 002 56E, North sea, at around 18:15 UTC Dec 5 in a bad weather with strong wind, reportedly there were rain showers during the night. Boxship Corvus J was en route from Grangemouth to Antwerpen. Car carrier Baltic ace was en route from Zeebrugge to Kotka, loaded with unknown number of cars. The car carrier sank shortly after collision, boxship though damaged, remained under own power and was taking part in search and rescue operation. As of 01:00 UTC Dec 6 Corvus J was still in the collision area crusing around at some 2 knots speed, apparently in search and rescue. As of 01:00 UTC Dec 6, out of 24 Baltic Ace crew 13 managed to evacuate to life rafts and were lifted by helicopters, 4 dead bodies were recovered, with 7 crew still missing. Four rescued crew were transferred to the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, seven to Ostend in Belgium. It remains unclear just how many people were on board of Baltic Ace, maybe there were some passengers. Baltic Ace presumably sank just in minutes, meaning the crew or part of the left vessel in whatever dress theyíve had, with a little or no time to get into immersion suits. The temperature of the water in collision area reported to be 10 deg centigrade, with life expectancy from 1 to 6 hours for temperature 10 Ė 15 centigrade.
Vessel were moving on collision course with Corvus J liable to give the way to Baltic Ace, as having her on a starboard side, but the Baltic Ace was to take actions too, if she saw that Corvus J didnít give her way or her actions alone werenít enough to avoid collision.
Car carrier Baltic Ace IMO 9386213, GRT 23498, built 2007, flag Bahamas, manager RAY CAR CARRIERS LTD, Isle of Man. Crew management STAMCO SHIP MANAGEMENT CO LTD, Greece. Boxship Corvus J IMO 9262895, dwt 8372, capacity 630 TEU, built 2003, flag Cyprus, manager JUNGERHANS MARITIME SERVICES, Germany.

Animated reconstruction of Corvus J vs Baltic Ace collision
Web site VesselFinder made an animated reconstruction of the collision between Corvus J and Baltic Ace based on AIS positions. The short clip presents a clear picture of what happened. http://www.vesselfinder.com/news/742-EXCLUSIVE-VIDEO-The-collision-between-BALTIC-ACE-and-CORVUS-J-AIS-Historical-Data
Corvus J didnít give way to Baltic Ace as she should in accordance with The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and kept on her course. Baltic Ace was too late with her action to avoid the collision. Corvus J with her bulbous bow ripped the car-carrier open like a tin can. Car-carries with their huge cargo decks need not much time in case of deck flooding, to get unstable and capsize.

Baltic Ace death toll
The Baltic Ace was carrying some 1,400 Mitsubishi cars. The 24 crew included 11 Polish (including Captain), Bulgarian, Filipino and Ukrainian nationalities. 13 were rescued, among them 6 Polish nationalities including Captain. All survivors are expected to fully recover.
5 dead bodies were recovered so far, 6 remain missing with no hope of being alive, considering the circumstances. Dutch police identified the five victims whose bodies have been found as two Poles, aged 47 and 50; two Filipinos aged 30 and 51; and a 47-year-old Ukrainian.
The 4th engineer, 28-years old Polish nationality, was rescued by vessel operated by Harren & Partner Ship Management GmbH:
ďOur vessel was on alert immediately after receiving collision information, being close to the collision position. Additional lookouts were put on bridge and forecastle, bosun who was on the lookout on forecastle heard the shouts, our vessel picked up a Baltic Ace survivor, 4th engineer, 28 years old PolishĒ Ė wrote to Maritime Bulletin Mr. Goncharov of Harren & Partner.
Letters from people who wrote to Maritime Bulletin sharing the info they know:
Dear Voytenko,
Baltic Ace shipwreck: Dutch coastguards call off search
The Polish embassy in the Netherlands has said that 11 of the 24 crew were from Poland. Six of them, including the captain, have been rescued. The rest of the crew came from the Philippines, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
Best regards
Volker Helmers
Annette-Kolb-Str. 18
28215 Bremen
Germany

Stuart wrote:
Hi having worked on the Corvus j on Monday don't know how many crew but they were Romanian, philipeano, and a polish captain.
Mr. Kiryazov worked on Baltic Ace some 3 months ago:
hello ,my name is Todor Kiryazov and i was abord Baltic ace 3 month ago . the nationality of the crew as you ask is mostly polish oficers as ,from the engine departmant is polish and ukraine (some time bulgarian too) and other workars on deck are from filipins ,and there was onboard also one bulgarian cadet.
Mr. Vassilev:
As per local media one of the rescued is a Bulgarian national, rank cadet. This was reportedly the only Bulgarian
Kind regards,
Ivan P VASSILEV
Marine and Cargo Surveyor

On photos Corvus J after the collision, the direction of bulb dent confirmed the collision reconstruction.

December 6
Hopper Onezhskaya sank in Ust-Luga Port
Hopper Onezhskaya sank at around 10:00 Moscow time Dec 6 in Ust-Luga Port area, Baltic sea, Russia, of unknown reason. 6 crew safe, no injures and no spill reported. Hopper Onezhskaya IMO 8934520, displacement 1382, built 1966, flag Russia, owner PSK-Shipping, S-Petersburg.

December 15
Bulk carrier Yi He 6 Hao sank after grounding
Chinese bulk carrier or cement carrier Yi He 6 Hao, believed to be engaged in exclusively cabotage, ran aground on Dec 15 12 off Ningbo. Crew left the vessel and was rescued by Coast Guard. It is understood, that vessel had sunk, but there are reports that salvage is under way. Bulk carrier Yi He 6 Hao IMO 1234567, MMSI 413551970, 5269 gt, built 2010, flag China.
December 22
Crew of the Korean freighter Han Splendor rescued, vessel still afloat, Pacific
General cargo vessel Han Splendor issued distress signal on Dec 22 reporting the 17 crew is leaving the vessel on the lifeboat, after vessel has developed a port side list. Last known position of the vessel at 18:30 UTC Dec 22 is 20 17N 124 30E, some 150 nm east of Batanes, Pacific ocean. Philippine Coast Guard launched Search and Rescue operation, later joined by Korean, Taiwanese and Japan forces. The crew was rescued early in the morning Dec 23, reportedly by a merchant vessel, nobody injured. Whether vessel was directed to the scene by S&R command, or stumbled upon the lifeboat accidentally, remains unknown. The crew includes 6 Korean and 11 Myanmar nationalities. Fate of the vessel unknown, but most probably, judging from the available photo, sheís still afloat. No details yet available as to the cause of the distress. General cargo vessel Han Splendor IMO 9009102, dwt 6869, built 1991, flag South Korea, manager HANNARA SHIPPING CO LTD, Seoul.

December 29
Freighter Ocean Legacy sank offloading container on pier, Ormoc, Philippines
Philippines general cargo vessel Ocean Legacy at around 0900 LT Dec 29 sank while offloading containers by own crane on a pier in Ormoc Port, Leyte island, Philippines. Vessel developed a list and rested on the bottom along the pier, with superstructure and part of cargo deck above the waterline, see photo. The reason for losing stability is unknown, most probably vessel was already unstable and capsized when the heavy loaded container was lifted and moved by a vesselís crane, reducing metacentre height to zero or negative. General cargo vessel Ocean Legacy IMO 8505123, dwt 3910, built 1985, flag Philippines, manager/owner OCEANIC CONTAINER LINES INC, Manila. See all photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unclegal/8323572698/in/photostream/

December 29
Vietnamese freighter Royal Prime sank or still afloat abandoned by crew, South China Sea
Vietnamese general cargo vessel Royal Prime reportedly started to sink in South China sea at around 10:00 UTC Dec 29 12 after hitting reefs, in position 08 06N 114 35E. 18 crew went to lifeboat. Last AIS signal dated 20:41 UTC Dec 29, from position 08 06N 114 30E. No other information available. General cargo vessel Royal Prime IMO 9561980, dwt 2141, built 2009, flag Vietnam, manager ROYAL SHIPPING & TRADING JSC, Haiphong.

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