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Disasters 2014 Chronicles

 
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Voytenko Mikhail
Immigrant boats and small craft accidents are not included

Date
Event
Vessel lost
People died
January
January 01
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1
January 03
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3?
January 19
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January 19
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January 20
+
January 20
+
January 21
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7?
February
February 05
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February 07
+
February 10
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5
February 21
+
February 22
+
March
March 08
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March 10
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8?
March 18
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9?
March 26
+
March 27
+
3
March 30
April
April 01
+
April 01
+
5
April 04
+
13?
April 16
+
295?
April 17
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5
April 19
April 24
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3
April 26
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May
May 05
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11
May 06
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May 15
?
May 23
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May 29
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1
January 01
Chinese freighter Peace abandoned by crew, at least 1 dead
Chinese freighter Peace is abandoned by the crew and reported adrift, last known position 17 37S 054 34E, 230 nautical miles NW of Port Louis, Mauritius. Previously vessel issued two distress signals requesting immediate assistance. MRCC Greece directed to distressed vessel Greek VLCC Patris (IMO 9180138). In the morning Jan 3 Patris spotted a life raft and picked up 9 survivors and 1 dead body. Whether its all the crew, or some people are missing, is unknown. The character of the distress is also unknown.
First news:
Chinese freighter Peace in unknown trouble in Indian ocean, issuing two distress signals
Chinese general cargo vessel Peace issued two distress signals in a 12-hour period, requesting assistance. Vessel is in Indian ocean, ports of departure and destination unknown. First signal was issued at 1139 UTC Jan 1 14, second at 0040 UTC Jan 2, from position 17 40S 054 28E (225 nautical miles NW of Port Louis, Mauritius. Character of distress unknown, but last AIS signal dated Dec 31 evening showed reduced speed of some 5.3 knots.
General cargo vessel Peace, IMO 8823317, dwt 1599, built 1989, flag Cambodia, manager HUAWEI SHIPPING CO LTD-DALIAN, China.
January 03
Munawar Ferry sank in Indonesia
The Munawar Ferry, serving Kayangan Port in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) and Tano Port in West Sumbawa, sank at around 0245 LT Jan 3 14 on the Alas Strait, claiming the lives of at least three passengers, wrote the Jakarta Post. Weather reportedly was calm, what caused the sinking is yet unknown. Most probably, ferry capsized. Reports on number of people and rescue operation are contradictory. One report said there were 49 passengers, three vehicles, three pickups, one small truck, five Fuso trucks and four motorcycles on board. Another claimed that the number of people is unknown, but definitely more than stated by the company, there may have been between 80 and 160 people on board. Some reports said 90% of passengers were rescued and rescue operation is over, other say dozens are still missing. If 90% were rescued, whats the total number of people those 90 percent were figured from? On photos ferry in question, Munawar Ferry.
Passenger ro-ro vessel KMP Munawar Ferry, IMO 8963090, 522 gt, built 1992, flag Indonesia, owner/manager PENYEBERANGAN MUNAWAR.

January 19
Filipino coaster Sportivo sank after collision
Filipino coaster Sportivo sank early in the morning Jan 19 14 after collision with the unnamed vessel in the Iloilo Strait, Philippines. Vessel was sheltering from tropical depression Agaton, master decided to resume voyage. Sportivo heaved an anchor but after engine failure collided with another vessel, got a hole in the hull and sank. 28 crew safe. Master is blaming weather for the collision, vessel was pushed to collision by strong wind. Sportivo is said to be partially loaded with fertilizers in bags.
General cargo vessel Sportivo, 664 gt, built 1988, flag Philippines, manager Seen Sam Shipping Co.

January 19
Bulk carrier Rich Forest abandoned by crew, adrift in Philippine sea
Rich Forest afloat, salvage possible
According to USCG update on abandoned Chinese freighter Rich Forest, vessel is adrift and is not willing to sink yet. Owner is considering a salvage of the vessel. Crew was transferred from CS Sunshine to USCG Cutter Sequoia to be transported to Saipan. Photos of Rich Forest by USCG.
First news:
Bulk carrier Rich Forest abandoned by crew, adrift in Philippine sea
At 8 a.m. Jan 19 watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Guam Command Center received report of flooding from cargo ship Rich Forest.
The ship, carrying logs enroute to China, experienced flooding in the engine room and subsequent loss of propulsion. The Chinese crew reported the vessel was taking on 160 tons of water per hour and generators had failed. Coast Guard watchstanders in Guam identified four merchant vessels to provide assistance under the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System.
At 1:21 p.m., the Rich Forests crew entered life rafts and abandoned ship (not clear if it was on Jan 19 or Jan 20).
At 4:40 p.m., the AMVER Vessel CS Sunshine (bulk carrier, IMO 9609471) completed the rescue of all survivors from life rafts and safely brought them aboard without incident. The Rich Forest remains unpowered and adrift.
Bulk carrier Rich Forest, IMO 8126135, dwt 21317, built 1982, flag Panama, manager SHANGHAI SHENYUE SHIP MGMT CO, Shanghai.

January 20
Hydrofoil high-speed passenger boat Vina Express 01 burned out, Saigon
Hydrofoil high-speed passenger boat Vina Express 01 sank on Saigon river on Jan 20 shortly after leaving Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam, bound for Vung Tau. Fire erupted in engine room and quickly spread around, forcing passengers to jump overboard. Master of the boat drove her to a bank and left the boat after she was grounded. There were 92 people on board, including 85 passengers. All are safe. Boat burned out totally, with just a skeleton left. Its a Kometa-type high-speed passenger boat, designed and built in Russia or most probably, former USSR. Reportedly all such vessels in Ho Chi Minh city are suspended from operations.
Hydrofoil high-speed passenger boat Vina Express 01, MMSI 574012757, length 25 meters.
January 20
Bitumen tanker Bitu Gulf sank in South China Sea
Bitumen tanker Bitu Gulf sank in South China Sea on Jan 20 14 some 49 nautical miles southeast of Phang Rang, Vitenam, 145 miles NE of Vung Tau. Vessel was en route from Singapore to Quy Nhon, Vietnam. Reason unknown, but vessel was already in trouble on Jan 18, judging from AIS data vessels speed in the evening Jan 18 was 3 knots. Flooding is mentioned. 16 crew rescued by boxship Ever Summit (IMO:9300453) to be disembarked in Malaysia.
Bitumen tanker Bitu Gulf, IMO 8875798, dwt 3884, built 1991, flag Panama, manager INTER GLOBAL SHIPPING LTD, UAE.
January 21
Ferry KM Sahabat sank off Jakarta
Ferry KM Sahabat sank early in the morning Jan 21 14 22 miles off Jakarta en route to Tanjung Pinang in Bangka-Belitung, reported The Jakarta Post. There were 139 people on board, passengers and 26 crew. 132 were rescued, 7 are missing, including 3 passengers and 4 crew. Weather reportedly was calm, what caused sinking is yet unknown. Vessel had on board some cars and motorcycles.
Passenger ro-ro vessel KM Sahabat, IMO 8122593, 1805 gt, built 1982, flag Indonesia.
February 05
Freighter Luno broke in two on a dike, Bayonne, France
General cargo vessel Luno suffered a blackout while entering Bayonne, France, Bay of Biscay, at 1010 LT Feb 5. Vessel was pushed on a southern dike Bayonne by strong wind and waves, and broke in two. Stern remained on the dike, aft was washed on the beachCavaliers. There were 11 crew and pilot on board, theyve been rescued by helicopters, all are safe. Luno was in ballast.
General cargo vessel Luno, IMO 9072329, dwt 4635, built 1994, flag Spain, manager MURUETA NAVIERA SA.

February 07
Freighter Elland capsized and sank, Black sea
General cargo vessel Elland had to drop anchor off Bulgarian coast after an engine failure at 2230LT Feb 7. During the night Feb 8 vessel developed starboard list. List was caused by cargo (plywood) shift, which most probably, was caused by vessels rolling while at anchor. List increased to 25-30 deg, at around 0600 LT (0400 UTC) vessel issued distress signal. Crew tried to even vessel, but failed. Master ordered evacuation. Crew, consisting of five Georgians, five Turks and a citizen of India, left the vessel on a life boat, and was picked up by Turkish general cargo vessel M.Izmir (IMO 9008079), and later transferred to Bulgarian rescue boat. Bulgarian maritime authorities tried to salvage Elland and sent a tug, but an attempt failed, vessel sank at around 1630 LT Feb 8, at 50-meter depth, 7 nautical miles off Bulgarian coast.
General cargo vessel Elland, IMO 8111788, dwt 2864, built 1982, flag S-Kitts, manager Bora Denizcilik Turkey.
Sinking Elland photos
MB reader sent a link to a Bulgarian maritime blog with pics of sinking Elland. All pics full-scale http://niki-zlatev.blogspot.ru/2014/02/mv-elland.html

February 10
Boxship Sheng An Da 7sank after collision with tanker Hua Yun 2, China
At around 0630 LT Feb 10 container ship Sheng An Da 7 collided with chemical tanker Hua Yun 2 off Dong Ao island in Pearl River estuary. Containership with 11 crew capsized and sank, 5 crew went missing, later two dead bodies were recovered.
Container ship Sheng An Da 7, MMSI 412501090, 2373 gt, flag China.
Chemical tanker Hua Yun 2, IMO 8322909, dwt 3674, built 1984, flag China, manager CHINA SHIPPING HAISHENG CO LTD.
February 21
Freighter Sunrise Orient on the rocks off HK, oil spill
Vietnamese general cargo vessel Sunrise Orient heavily listed portside after cargo shift off Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong, and was abandoned by its crew, on the night of Feb 21. 17 crew was picked up by HK police boat. Vessel was still afloat and moving, because crew didnt stop the engine. As a result, vessel grounded on rocks of Tung Wan Tsai beach, NE of Cheung Chau Island. Oil spill is reported. Local media accuse crew and especially, captain of the vessel, in negligence and cowardice. Vessel loaded with 2800 tons of cement was en route from Nansha in Guangdong province to Indonesia, she called HK for bunkering.
Photo of grounded Sunrise Orient from local media.
General cargo vessel Sunrise Orient, IMO 9550072, dwt 4244, built 2011, flag Vietnam, manager HAIPHONG SEA PRODUCT.
First news:
Vietnamese freighter dangerously listed off Hong Kong, crew evacuated
Vietnam-flagged 90-metre general cargo vessel developed a heavy list one mile east off Cheung Chau island, Hong Kong, during the night Feb 21. Vessel loaded with cement was en route from Nansha in Guangdong province to Indonesia via Hong Kong. Freighter listed due to cargo shift, vessel nearly capsized with some 40 degrees list, and issued distress signal at 1015 LT. 17 crew were rescued by Hong Kong marine police. It is understood, that some time later vessel was found stable enough to try to tow her to port. Two tugs took freighter on tow. No other information available at the moment, including vessels details.

February 22
Trawler Cape Dorset sank off Newfoundland, 19 crew rescued
Trawler Cape Dorset sank off Burin Peninsula, south coast of Newfoundland, Canada, in the morning Feb 22. Reportedly vessel sank due to water ingress. Vessel sent distress signal at around 0900 LT. 19 crew was rescued by a nearby Canada-flagged fishing vessel Ivy Rose (MMSI 316002590), which will take them to Trepassey or to St, Johns. Photo from CBC News.
Trawler Cape Dorset, IMO 9216133, 673 gt, built 1999, flag Canada, owner/manager Icewater Harvesting Arnold's Cove, Canada.

March 08
Container ship Yusuf Cepnioglu on Mykonos island rocks, Aegean sea
Container ship Yusuf Cepnioglu in stable condition, salvage under way
During Mar 9 condition of the grounded container ship Yusuf Cepnioglu didnt change much, its more or less stable. A small leak reported, several containers were washed overboard. Both leak and containers are locked between vessel and coastline. Salvage is under way, owner signed a contract with unnamed salvage company. Photos from http://www.esys.org/ http://mykonoszoo.blogspot.com/
Grounding news:
Turkish boxship Yusuf Cepnioglu ran aground at around 0400 UTC Mar 8 on rocks of northern tip of Mykonos island, Aegean sea, Greece. Vessel got holes, in bow ballast tank area during grounding, and later in stern area, being bumped against the rocks by swell. With a portside list and flooded engine, Yusuf Cepnioglu stern sank and seems to be resting on bottom. Master asked for the evacuation of the 14 crew, 12 were evacuated by rescuers, but Master and Chief officer refused evacuation and stayed on board, according to shipowner instructions. Later though, theyve been airlifted by helicopter, because vessels condition was deteriorating, and there wasnt much they could do, anyway. Yusuf Cepnioglu was en route from Izmir Turkey to Bizerta Tunisia, with 204 containers on board. Leak is reported, though not big. On a photo of GCG Yusuf Cepnioglu on Mykonos rocks.
Container ship Yusuf Cepnioglu, IMO 9119646, dwt 6928, capacity 547 TEU, built 1995, flag Turkey, manager FURKAN DENIZCILIK SANAYI.

March 10
Trawler Santa Ana sank on Erbosa rocks, 2 dead 6 missing, Spain
MRCC Albufeira, Portugal, at 1730 LT Mar 10 received a message from owner of trawler Santa Ana, saying that vessel went off contacts. Capsized vessel was found on the rocks of Erbosa island, Asturias, Spain, Bay of Biscay. One of the nine crew, Spaniard, was rescued by nearby fishing vessel Maresco, regretfully the only survivor of the disaster. Two dead bodies were later picked up by Spanish rescue boat, six are still missing. Crew included 2 Portuguese , 2 Indonesians and five Spaniards.
Trawler Santa Ana, IMO 7813303, dwt 425, built 1980, flag Portugal.

March 18
Freighter Beagle III sank after collision with boxship Pegasus Prime, Tokyo Bay
Taiwanese general cargo vessel Beagle III collided with Korean feeder boxship Pegasus Prime at around 0310 LT Mar 18 in the Uraga waterway, mouth of the Tokyo Bay, Japan. Vessels were on opposite courses, Pegasus Prime was en route from Busan to Tokyo, Beagle III was en route from Yokohama to Kobe. Beagle III loaded with steel coils sank. There were 20 crew on board, all Chinese. 11 or 12 were rescued, 8 or 9 are missing. Pegasus Prime presumably suffered some damages, but according to AIS, stayed afloat and is capable of moving under own power, crew safe. S&R under way.
On Mar 14 another freighter of Taiwanese owner Wisdom Marine Lines, m/v Genius Star VII, collided with oil barge in the Houston Channel, suffering substantional damage.
http://www.news.odin.tc/index.php?page=view/article/1312/Freighter-Genius-Star-VII-collided-with-oil-barge-in-Houston-Channel
General cargo vessel Beagle III, IMO 9478353, dwt 17220, built 2009, flag Panama, manager WISDOM MARINE LINES SA, Taiwan.
Container ship Pegasus Prime, IMO 9283162, dwt 9618, capacity 710 TEU, built 2004, flag South Korea, manager DONG YOUNG SHIPPING CO LTD.
Beagle III vs Pegasus Prime update
The Japan Times wrote that 12 of Beagle IIIs 20 crew were rescued by nearby passenger vessel and Japan Coast Guard patrol ship, 1 of those rescued later died. 8 are missing. Some kind of a panic took place on board of Pegasus Prime, whose 14 crew tried to leave the vessel on a life boat, and two of them were injured. Judging for The Japan Times photo, Pegasus Prime is severely damaged, but remained afloat and capable of sailing under own power. Vessel was last seen on AIS at 1930 UTC Mar 18 approaching Yokohama, escorted by 3 or 4 tugs.

March 26
Cement carrier Sumise Maru No.38 sank after collision with tanker Kaisei Maru, Inner Japan sea
Cement carrier Sumise Maru No.38 collided with chemical tanker Kaisei Maru at around 2000 LT Mar 26 off Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, Inner Japan sea. Cement carrier sank shortly after collision. It is understood that both crews are safe. Tanker was loaded with methanol no spill reported, either cargo or fuel.
Cement carrier Sumise Maru No.38, IMO 9054200, dwt 1730, built 1992, flag Japan, manager KYUSHU MARINE.
Chemical tanker Kaisei Maru, IMO 9560431, dwt 1868, built 2009, flag Japan, manager SUMIKA UNYU.
March 27
Two freighters collided off Yangtze River mouth, one sank
Two cargo vessels Wu Xiang 66 and Xin Wang 88 collided early Mar 27 near Yangtze River mouth, reported media citing Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration. Xin Wang 88 loaded with containers sank, 7 crew abandoned vessel, 4 were rescued, 3 went missing, S&R under way.
There are many coastal cargo vessels in China with not many characteristics given in their AIS. Xin Wang 88 seems to be the one with a length of 58 meters, MMSI 412357350, flag China.
Wu Xiang 66, MMSI 412355690, length 103 meters, flag China.
March 30
Bulk carriers Anton Topic and CN Jumbos collided off Pattaya, Gulf of Siam
CN Jumbos vs Anton Topic - Update
After collision, which took place on Mar 30 off Pattaya, bulk carrier CN Jumbos, which suffered most serious damages and apparently lost her seaworthiness, was taken to Laem Chabang port and docked, for some temporary repair. At the time of collision, CN Jumbos was ballasting to Laem Chabang Kho Sichang area for loading. Her opponent, bulk carrier Anton Topic, though suffering serious damages too, resumed her voyage to Pasir Gudang port, Malaysia, loaded with cement. In the evening Apr 4 Anton Topic was moving in Singapore Strait approaching Pasir Gudang. Luckily for owner, vessels cargo was destined for Pasir Gudang, which is neighbouring Singapore with all its ship repair might.
CN Jumbos vs Anton Topic - Update
According to local media and photos, bulk carrier CN Jumbos was seriously damaged in a collision with bulk carrier Anton Topic on Mar 30 in Gulf of Siam, off Pattaya. Vessels hull was breached, crew ready to evacuate, with watered life rafts and life boats ready for lowering. Nevertheless, crew managed to stabilize the vessel with some 5 deg starboard list by ballasting. As of noon Apr 3 CN Jumbos was in the same position. Anton Topic suffered damages in portside bow area, but was able to resume voyage to Malaysia on Apr 1.
Previous news:
Bulk carriers Anton Topic and CN Jumbos collided off Pattaya, Gulf of Siam, CN Jumbos taking water Bulk carriers Anton Topic and CN Jumbos collided on Mar 30 off Ko Rin island, Gulf of Siam, 13 nautical miles SW of Pattaya, Thailand. CN Jumbos reported breached, with ensuing water ingress. Vessel anchored in collision area. Anton Topic also sustained damages, but without water ingress. Vessel returned to Laem Chabang anchorage. As of 0330 UTC Apr 1 Anton Topic was anchored on Laem Chabang anchorage, CN Jumbos was anchored in Kho Rin island area. At the time of collision both vessels were leaving Laem Chabang and Ko Sichang road after completing cargo operation. CN Jumbos next port of call according to AIS, was Anggrek, Indonesia. Anton Topic was to sail to Myeg Pasir Gudang port, Malaysia.
Bulk carrier Anton Topic, IMO 9107679, dwt 45496, built 1996, flag Liberia, manager MARFIN MANAGEMENT SAM, Monaco.
Bulk carrier CN Jumbos, IMO 9111371, dwt 27321, built 1995, flag Malta, manager FRANCO NAVIERA, Greece.

April 01
Container ship KM Journey sank after collision with passenger vessel KM Lambelu, Surabaya
Container ship KM Journey sank after collision with passenger vessel KM Lambelu at 0225 LT Apr 1 on the road of Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java. Reports are contradictory, some say Journey was drawn to a berthed Lambelu by current after heaving an anchor, others say Lambelu was on road maneuvering to anchor, but both versions say Journey was drawn by a current onto Lambelu. If so, it was an allision, with sinking to be rather unlikely outcome. Lambelu hitting Journey seems to be more the case. 17 crew of the Journey is safe. Journey had 133 containers on board, some fell overboard. According to The Jakarta Post, containers were loaded with instant noodles, a lucky catch for local fishermen, busy with collecting packages. Photo from The Jakarta Post.
Container ship KM Journey, IMO 8891285, dwt 3393, capacity 170 TEU, built 1995, flag Indonesia, manager MULTIGUNA SHIPPING LINES.
Passenger vessel KM Lambelu, IMO 9124548, 14649 gt, built 1997, flag Indonesia, manager PT. PELAYARAN NASIONAL INDONESIA.

April 01
Spanish trawler Mar de Marin sank after collision with car carrier Baltic Breeze, Vigo
Spanish trawler Mar de Marin sank after collision with car carrier Baltic Breeze at around 0225 LT Apr 1 in Vigo river estuary, Vigo, northwest Spain. Four fishermen and a researcher from Oceanographic Institute of Vigo made to life raft and were rescued, three dead bodies recovered, and two fishermen went missing. Trawler sank at 52 meters depth, 1.4 miles SE of Boeiro island, south of Cies islands. Car carrier was entering Vigo, trawler was sailing out to the sea. According to latest information, collision was caused by trawlers reckless maneuvering. Trawler made a sudden portside turn, and was hit starboard, sinking in just three minutes after collision.
Car carrier Baltic Breeze, IMO 8312590, dwt 12466, built 1983, flag Singapore, manager WALLENIUS MARINE SINGAPORE PTE LTD.
Trawler Mar De Marin, IMO 8808721, 185 gt, built 1989, flag Spain.

April 04
Freighter Grand Fortune 1 sank in East China sea off Yeosu, South Korea
General cargo vessel Grand Fortune 1 sank at around 0119 LT Apr 4 in East China Sea some 74 kilometers south of Yeosu, South Korea, shortly after passing Tsushima Strait en route from Chongjin, North Korea to China. From the 16 crew on board 3 were rescued, 2 were found dead, 11 are missing, search is under way. According to what survivors said, vessel sank after cargo shift vessel was loaded with steel products. Korean News Agency Yonhap nevertheless, repeatedly says that vessel ran aground. There are some small rocky islands in the area where vessel sank, mere rocks, actually. What happened, then, is not yet clear. Did vessel sank in high seas after cargo shift, or did she hit the rock and sank after that? Crew is North Korean, though vessel is operated by a South Korean Company.
General cargo vessel Grand Fortune 1, IMO 8611805, dwt 6818, built 1987, flag Mongolia, manager SHIN CHANG SHIPPING CO LTD, South Korea.

April 16
Korean ferry Sewol disaster
Ferry Sewol disaster people are trapped inside, there is no doubt about that
Yuonhap News Agency update:
According to the latest government figures, the 6,325-ton Sewol was carrying 459 people, including 325 students from a high school in Ansan, just south of Seoul, when it sent out a distress signal at 8:58 a.m. in waters 20 kilometers off the island of Byeongpoong. Of them, 164 have been rescued, two died and 293 remain unaccounted for, officials said. The government had earlier announced that 368 people were rescued, but officials later acknowledged there was an error in tallying up figures. The cause of the accident was not known, though survivors said they heard a banging noise before the ship suddenly started sinking. Speculation has arisen that the ship might have hit an underwater rock or collided with another vessel.
Comment:
Most part, or all of missing people are no doubt, trapped inside the vessel, those who managed to get to open decks and jump overboard, just couldnt be missed, considering daytime and calm weather. Hitting a rock or collision with another vessel could hardly be responsible for vessels sinking. This is clearly a case of lost stability due to water ingress onto cargo (car deck). How and why water found its way to cargo deck, is not all that important for now, whats important, are the questions of timing when did the captain find about water ingress; and of his decision not to announce general alarm when (if) he understood vessel was losing stability.
There no chance of rescuing all the people trapped inside the vessel, some people surviving in air bags may be rescued, but just some. Such a tragically high toll makes Sewol disaster one of the biggest maritime disasters in 21-st century.

South Korean ro-ro passengers ferry Sewol issued distress signal at 0858 LT Apr 16, 20 kilometers off the island of Byeongpoong, north of Jeju island, East China sea. Vessel with 477 people on board (incl 27 crew), and 150 vehicles, was sailing to Jeju island from Incheon. Sewol heavily listed portside, and totally capsized in two hours. Rescue operation under way, dozens of vessels, Navy and CG ships and helicopters, are engaged. Weather seems to be calm, water temperature is 12C, many passengers, according to media reports, jumped into the water. One person found dead, one person died after rescue, 368 were rescued and 107 are still missing as of 0530 UTC Apr 16. What caused the disaster is yet unknown, media is citing rescued passengers who are mentioning some kind of impact and loud noise. Among the passengers, around 320 were students who were traveling with several teachers to the resorts of Jeju.
Last AIS signal timed 1629 Apr 15 gives position 53 nautical miles off Jeju port, speed 19 knots, some 2.5 hours sailing. There is a problem with timing, what time zone was AIS adjusted to, most probably UTC, and if so, its 0129 LT (Seoul time UTC +9 hrs). At 0858 LT vessel issued distress signal. Too much time for such a short distance.
Most probably, due to unknown reason there was water ingress on cargo deck, a nightmare for all ro-ro vessels. It took quite some time, and vessel was reducing her speed, or else how to explain such a big time difference over such a short distance between last known pos and approximate position of the disaster? A loud noise passengers heard may be a noise of crushing vehicles.
If vessel was reducing her speed, then, the command of the vessel knew about water ingress. According to media, passengers were told to jump to the sea. Photos confirm it most of life rafts seem to be untouched in their cradles, with only two or three rafts afloat. No life boats in sight. Taking it all, it means there wasnt general alarm on board requiring all passengers to abandon the vessel.
It may be assumed, that the captain was holding on till the last minute, hoping hed manage to take the vessel either to port or to some shallow to ground her, afraid of stirring up panic by sounding general alarm. Or maybe he didnt comprehend the risk and the instability of the vessel. What caused water ingress, is irrelevant to further events. Most important seems to be the question why there wasnt general alarm, did captain know what he was doing, and decided to take his chance fully understanding the situation, or did he play it blind. If there was a water ingress on cargo deck, he by all means, should inform the authorities, because for a ro-ro vessel water on cargo deck is a mortal danger.
Voytenko Mikhail
Passenger ro-ro vessel Sewol (ex-Ferry Naminoue), IMO 9105205, MMSI 440000400, 6586 gt, built 1994, flag South Korea, manager CHONGHAEJIN MARINE - INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA.

April 17
Portugal trawler Mar Nosso sank in Bay of Biscay
Portugal fishing vessel Mar Nosso capsized at around 1300 Apr 17, and later sank, 18 miles off Asturias coast, Navia, Spain, Bay of Biscay. Of 12 crew, 7 were rescued, 3 were found dead, and 2 went missing. Authorities cant yet find out what caused the disaster. Assumedly vessel capsized while crew was handling the net.
Stern trawler Mar Nosso, IMO 7218101, 183 gt, flag Portugal.

April 19
Car carrier Asian Empire adrift on fire in the Pacific, abandoned by crew
May 26 update: Vessel arrived on Zhoushan anchorage on May 25, presumably under tow.
April 25 update: Car carrier Asian Empire is adrift, was reported to be in vicinity 27 03N 136 32E in the morning Apr 25, 70 nautical miles west of the position of the accident. According to IHS Maritime 360 ihsmaritime360.com, Japanese Coast Guard ship is monitoring car carrier, reporting on Apr 21, that no flames, smoke or signs of pollution were seen in the vessel, and its hull temperature was down to 24-25 degrees Celsius. Two salvage tugs from Taiwan and Japan were dispatched by an appointed salvage company and were expected to arrive on Apr 23 and 24. Tugs are to be already on the scene, but on Apr 25 vessel was still drifting.
Distress news:
Car carrier Asian Empire issued distress signal at 1730 Tokyo time Apr 19, reporting fire on board and evacuation, Pacific ocean, around 500 nautical miles almost due south off Tokyo. 24 crew (11 Koreans and 13 Filipino) went to life boats, and some time later was rescued by a nearby vessel, said Japanese Coast Guard. Vessel is drifting, last known position 27 12N 137 48E, 2012 (UTC?) Apr 29. It is understood, that fire erupted not in engine room, nor on cargo decks, probably in a storeroom. Asian Empire was en route to Panama, loaded with cars. Japanese Coast Guard is monitoring the vessel.
Car carrier Asian Empire, IMO 9176606, 71383 gt, built 1998, flag South Korea, manager EUKOR CAR CARRIERS INC.

April 24
Cargo vessel AG. Marina sank off Crete
On Apr 24 MRCC Greece spotted activated EPIRB in Greek waters, 30 nautical miles west of western tip of Crete, Mediterranean. Bulk carrier Princess Maria (IMO 8212087) rescued 4 of the 7 crew (deck officer, bosun, engineer and cook), all Russian citizen. 3 crew are missing Master, electrician and engineer (?). Vessel was en route from Montenegro to Odessa, loaded with 6 trucks and probably containers. Search for missing sailors is under way. On the scene were spotted cases with cigarettes and floating truck, contraband suspected.
Landing craft cargo vessel AG. Marina, IMO 8975122, 350 gt, built 1964, flag Togo, manager and owner according to AIS, AQUAVERDE NAVIGATION SA, Honduras.

April 26
Bulk carrier Navios Northern Star rescued 20 crew of sunk fishing vessel Starfish, SAR
Belgian bulk carrier Navios Northern Star rescued 20 fishermen, crew of a fishing vessel Starfish, which sank in the afternoon Apr 26 60 nautical miles of Plettenberg Bay, east of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, reported NSRI. After rescuing fishermen, Navios Northern Star, which is en route to Singapore, changed course and headed to Port Elizabeth, to disembark them. Bulk carrier was to transfer them to NSRI rescue boat. According to AIS track, bulk carrier met NSRI boat off Port Elizabeth, transferred fishermen and resumed her voyage. All rescued are in good health, no injures reported.
Fishing vessel Starfish, MMSI 601319000, length 23 meters, flag SAR.
Bulk carrier Navios Northern Star, IMO 9328560, dwt 75395, built 2005, flag Malta, manager KLEIMAR NV, Belgium.
May 05
Freighter Zhong Xing 2 sank after collision with boxship MOL Motivator
Chinese coaster Zhong Xing 2 and MOL boxship MOL Motivator collided off Hong Kong (see map) at around 0230 LT May 5. Zhong Xing 2 loaded with cement sank after collision. From 12 crew one is rescued by a fishing boat, the rest are missing, S&R under way. MOL Motivator left Hong Kong bound for Yantian, was sailing either to, or from, Haikou. Status of MOL Motivator unclear at 0800 UTC she was near collision site, slowly moving around, maybe drifting. Maybe vessel suffered some serious damages.
General cargo vessel Zhong Xing 2, MMSI 413270239, length 97 meters, flag China.
Container ship MOL Motivator, IMO 9475624, dwt 79278, capacity 6724 TEU, built 2011, flag Marshall Islands, manager MITSUI OSK LINES LTD.

May 06
Italian ro-ro cargo vessel Altinia on fire and abandoned, Gulf of Aden
May 28 update: no AIS signal since the date of fire.
Italian ro-ro cargo vessel Altinia caught fire in Gulf of Aden on May 6 en route from Jebel Ali to Suez or Jeddah. Crew abandoned the vessel and was rescued by a Navy ship Chao Hu, and later transferred to Italian ro-ro cargo vessel Jolly Diamante (IMO 9578957). Altinia is adrift, last known position morning May 6 12 23N 046 00E, 55 nautical miles SE of Aden, Yemen.
Ro-ro cargo vessel Altinia, IMO 9048471, dwt 8924, built 1992, flag Italy, manager LEVANTINA TRASPORTI SRL.

May 15
Ro-ro cargo vessel Saloos capsized and probably sank in Cabinda, Angola
May 28 update: no AIS signal since the date of disaster.
Ro-ro cargo vessel Saloos arrived on Cabinda port road (Angolas exclave, West Africa) on May 15 from Pointe Noire Congo listing portside, and capsized the same day. Crew left the vessel on May 15, local media report vessel sank in the night hours May 16 May 17, last AIS signal dated May 15. There were 155 containers on board with mixed merchandise, authorities are trying to collect the, some were washed ashore and looted by locals. What caused listing and capsize is yet unknown, looking like water found way to car deck, the question is how and why. Oil leak is reported. On a photo from local media capsized Saloos.
Ro-ro cargo vessel Saloos, IMO 8303185, gt 6950, built 1983, flag Panama, manager JADE SA, Greece.

May 23
Famous Black Pearl, Brig Unicorn sank in the Caribbean
Saint Lucias iconic Brig Unicorn (the ship also known for its portrayal in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean) has sunk on its way to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for dry docking. According to well-informed sources the vessel, with its Captain and nine crew members, left Saint Lucia some time after 2:00AM May 23, but just as the vessel neared the North end of Saint Vincent disaster struck. The crew members reported feeling the vessel shake as though it had hit something, and moments later ran up on deck to report that water was coming rapidly into the ship.
They engaged all the water pumps which included a 2 inch diesel pump on deck but water came in so rapidly that the ship sank in about four minutes, which is incredibly fast, once source said.
The captain Sam Alleyne and nine crew are reported to have abandoned ship in a life raft and were rescued by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard a few hours later. The vessel is believed to have begun to sink at about 9:30 am. The Unicorn arrived in Saint Lucia in 1980 and has been a mainstay in the local boat charter industry.
St. Lucia Times
May 23
Comment:
Didnt find ships details, except length 46 meters (most probably, including bowsprit), and year of built - 1948. The ship was based in Rodney Bay and used as a local cruiser and a bar and restaurant. Sad news ship was a pleasure just to look at, not to mention Pirates of the Caribbean Saga.
Voytenko Mikhail

May 29
Tanker Shoko Maru disaster
Chemical tanker Shoko Maru suffered explosion and fire in Inner Japan Sea, some two kilometers south of Kobe, at around 0920 Tokyo Time on May 29. Vessel was in ballast after offloading heavy oil or according to other reports, crude oil, in one of the ports of Hyogo prefecture, Inner Japan Sea. At the time of an accident tanker is said to be stationary, meaning she was drifting or anchored, most probably anchored. It is believed, that the explosion was triggered by sparks from grinding machine one of the crew used to remove paint, apparently on cargo deck. Fumes in cargo tanks exploded, followed by fire of the cargo residues. Out from 8 crew 7 were rescued, 4 of them were hospitalized. Bosun seemed to suffer most of all, with burns over all his body. Master of the vessel went missing. Fire was extinguished by CG and firefighting vessels, but severely damaged tanker sank bow first in the late afternoon.
Chemical tanker Shoko Maru, IMO 9124861, dwt 2242 (998 gt), built 1995, flag Japan, manager SHOHO KAIUN KK.