One seaman missing after general cargo ship Meridian Tres sank in Philippines

Meridian TresThe general cargo ship Meridian Tres sank off Bohol island in Philippines. The vessel was en route from Cebu to Manila, but during storm suffered cargo shift, understood the some container fell overboard. The ship developed heavy list and suffered blackout, losing propulsion power. After several minutes general cargo ship Meridian Tres capsized and sank. One seaman went missing, while the other 28 people succeeded to abandoned the freighter on lifeboat. The Coast Guard and local authorities rescued the survivors from the boat, who were in good health and without reported injuries. The large scale SAR for the missing seaman was initiated. Nearby cargo vessels and rescue boats were engaged with the search, but the bad weather and storm hampered usage of helicopter and airplane.

The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. It was understood that cargo on board shifted and some containers fell overboard, which caused heavy list. The vessel lost propulsion power and was capsized by the waves. It is not clear who is the missing seaman and why he was not on board of the lifeboat.

The general cargo ship Meridian Tres (IMO: 9194842) has length of 86.50 m, beam of 12.80 m and maximum summer draft of 5.60 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 3,506 DWT and the gross tonnage is 2,528 GRT. The vessel was built in 1998 by Slovenske Lodenice in Komarno, Slovakia.