South Korean ore carrier Stellar Daisy went missing in South Atlantic shortly after issuing distress signal to the shipowner. The vessel with 24 crew, including 8 South Korean and 16 Filipino on board, was in waters near Uruguay after departing Brazil on March 26 en route to China, issued distress signal on Friday evening. One of the crew sent a message to the shipowner saying that the ore carrier was taking water ingress and lost contact shortly after that. The local authorities and Uruguayan navy initiated investigation and started large-scale search and rescue operation, involving commercial vessels near the site of the alleged accident. The operation was announced in early Saturday, covering large area around the last known position of the ship.
“We cannot rule out the possibility that the ship may have sunk. Whether its crew members made it out safe cannot be confirmed at this time either”, said South Korean foreign ministry official, quoted by the local media Yonhap. “We have notified the Uruguay’s coast guard of the situation through its diplomatic mission in the South American country”, added the source, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Later during the day, there was official information that two lifeboats believed to be from a missing South Korean cargo ship have been found with efforts now under way to safely rescue the ship’s crew members. Officials in Seoul said efforts were under way to rescue two sailors found on a life raft. There is no more details about the accident and if the vessel sank. The investigation is under way.
The very large ore carrier Stellar Daisy (IMO: 9038725) has overall length of 322.00 m, moulded beam of 58.00 m and maximum draft of 14.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 266,141 DWT and the gross tonnage is 148,431 GRT. The ship was built in 1991 by MHU Nagasaki Shipyard in their shipyard in Japan. The very large ore carrier Stellar Daisy is owned and managed by South Korean company Polaris Shipping.
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