Burst! A Super Large Ore Ship Tilts Heavily And 20 Crew Members Evacuate

- Feb 28, 2020-

            A VLOC carrying 275000 tons of iron ore is in trouble near Brazilian waters, raising concerns that the ship may sink. It can be seen from the photos that the deck part of the cargo tank is underwater.            At around 9:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday night, the ship, stellar banner, set off from the Ponta Da Madeira wharf, owned by the vale of St. Louis, Brazil, and its starboard side tilted heavily. As a precaution, all 20 crew members on board have been evacuated from the ship.            Vale SA, a Brazilian mining company, said on Wednesday that the bow of the ship was damaged after leaving a port in northern maraneo on Monday. Vale said in a statement that the ship is 100 kilometers off the coast of Brazil. According to AIS ship tracking data, the ship left Madeira on February 24 and sailed for Qingdao, China.            VLOC bulk carrier stellar banner, IMO No. 9726803, with a capacity of 300000 tons, was built in 2016, flying the Marshall Islands Flag and managing Korean Polaris shipping company. The ship was chartered by vale, a Brazilian mining giant.            Vale did not immediately comment on the grounding of the VLOC carrying iron ore, the maraneo Port Authority said. There are reports that the ship may have hit something and caused the ship to enter water. At least four tugs are said to be trying to tow the ship to shallow water to prevent it from sinking.            Ardent, the world's leading salvage and wreckage company, has been appointed to develop a rescue plan. At present, the specific cause of the accident is still under investigation.            In an article released by shipping online yesterday, it was introduced that the families of the victims swore to appeal, and the sinking of the "stellar Daisy" Polaris shipping was fined 10000 US dollars            On March 31, 2017, Polaris shipping's 266141 DWT stellar Daisy suffered an accident in the Atlantic Ocean, and the hull split in two and sank. Only two of the 24 crew members (8 South Koreans and 16 Filipinos) from the Philippines were rescued, resulting in 22 deaths.            South Korean prosecutors have asked Kim Wan Jung, 64, chief executive of Polaris shipping, to be sentenced to four years in prison for failing to report the ship's defects to the South Korean Ministry of marine and fisheries as required by local law. Six years ago, the ferry sewol sank, killing 326 people. As a result, the government amended local laws to require shipowners to report ship defects to government departments.            In the incident, a judgment last week ruled that Kim Wan Jung had not reported a ship's defect, but was not guilty of keeping the ship in good repair and maintenance. Kim was given a one-year reprieve and the shipping company was fined 15 million won ($12426).            At a press conference last week, the families of the victims expressed disappointment and frustration at the court's light punishment of the accused.