Capesize bulk carrier Star Eleonora was suspected for hit&run accident against Taiwanese 53-ton fishing vessel in Philippine Sea. The fishing ship suffered serious bow damages, but remained afloat and seaworthy. The fishing ship succeeded to return Taiwan by own power. All the fishermen on board were safe and did not suffered any injuries. The vessel docked at Taiwan and reported the accident to the local authorities, filing a request to compensation damages and losses. The cargo ship suspected for hit&run accident is Capesize bulk carrier Star Eleonora, which is currently under tracking by the Taiwanese authorities.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. The bulk carrier Star Eleonora proceeded voyage to China, changing the destination port to Zhoushan. The Taiwanese authorities reported the accident to Chinese officials, who will be asked to follow inspection of the bulker at the next port of call and investigate if there are signs for collision.
Capesize bulk carrier Star Eleonora (IMO: 9212113) was en route from Australia to Zhoushan, China. The ship has overall length of 288.00 m, moulded beam of 44.00 m and maximum draft of 14.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 164,218 DWT and the gross tonnage is 85,957 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2001 by CSBC at the shipyard in Kaoshiung, Taiwan.