General cargo ship Captain Ufuk sank in Manila Bay

Captain Ufuk sankThe general cargo ship Captain Ufuk sank in Manila Bay, due to lack of maintenance. The abandoned and unmanned vessel started getting water ingress after the hull cracked in the engine area. The general cargo ship started listing to port side and capsized. The local authorities neglected several times the situation with the abandoned cargo vessel. Just after listing, the Coast Guard tried to save the ship, but unsuccessfully. The ship remained partially above the water, touching with her aft and port board the bottom. The local authorities will consider refloating of the vessel and cleaning of the anchorage at Manila Bay

The general cargo ship Captain Ufuk was arrested and confiscated by Philippines Customs in 2009 for arms smuggling. The ship was abandoned by owner and crew and remained without maintenance. The vessel has some tons of oil on board, which might leak into the water and authorities laid oil booms around.

The general cargo ship Captain Ufuk (IMO: 6802216) has overall length of 96.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 5.50 m. The deadweight of the cargo vessel is 3,770 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,451 GRT. The vessel was built in 1967 by Nobiskrug shipyard in Rendsburg, Germany. The owner of the ship is Philippines company La Plata Trading, but last manager was Turkish company Sener Demir Denizcilik.