The general cargo ship M Star 1 capsized and sank in Andaman sea on 25 nautical miles southwest off Great Western Torres Islands, Myanmar. The vessel started getting water ingress and listing to starboard. The captain ordered evacuation of all the crew to lifeboat and life rafts. The abandoned cargo ship M Star 1 capsized later in front of the eyes of the seamen. The local authorities were informed about the accident and organized search and rescue operation. The offshore supply tug Lewek was closest to the scene of capsizing and found all the 14 crew members – 12 seamen on liferaft and 2 on life boat. All the rescued seamen were transported and disembarked at Ranong, Thailand.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. There is no report about water pollution and oil leaks after sinking of the cargo vessel. All the crew are in good health without serious injuries.
The general cargo ship M Star 1 (IMO: 9102837) was en route from Port Klang, Malaysia to Chittagong, Bangladesh. The vessel has overall length of 100.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 8.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 6,842 DWT and the gross tonnage is 4,382 GRT. The vessel was built in 1984 by STX Shipbuilding yard in Pusan South Korea. The was owned and operated is South Korean company M Star Shipping.