General cargo ship Fortuner sank off Philippines

FortunerThe general cargo ship Fortuner sank on half a mile off Barangay Cansojong in Talisay City, southern Cebu, Philippines. The vessel suffered hull cracks and started getting water ingress, which was reported to local authorities. All the crew were evacuated without reported injuries. About two hours after reported water ingress, the ship sank on half a mile from Talisay City. At the wreck site were laid oil booms, but there was several liters of fuel, which leaked at sea. The local authorities took all the necessary preventive actions to restrict the oil sheen spread. Also water cleansing operations were initiated. The area of the sinking is under monitoring by coast guard. The investigation for the root cause of sinking in under way.

“There were no casualties reported as all 22 crew members of M/V Fortuner were rescued immediately by its sister shipping company”, said the commander for Cebu Station of Philippine Coast Guard, Dionlett Ampil. “We have to determine the cause of sinking. We will call the ship captain and the crew to identify the reasons”, added he.

The ship owner, Benson Go, informed the Philippine Coast Guard about the accident. Immediately after receving information for water ingress, at the scene of the troubled freighter, while was loaded with steel bars, was sent rescue boats with prepared oil booms. The environmental pollution equipment was laid after an oil sheen of about 25 meters in length was spotted in the area where the vessel sank.

The general cargo ship Fortuner (IMO: 7621114) has overall length of 68.00 m, moulded beam of 12.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 2,323 DWT and the gross tonnage is 1,474 GRT.