Posted on January 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Panama-flagged LPG Tanker, Koeta, collided with a fishing vessel in the East China Sea, at approximately 04:30 am local time, in the morning of January the 11th.
The tanker was en route from Ulsan, Korea, to China when the incident occurred, some 40 nautical miles south of Yokji Island, Tongyeong, Korea.
The tanker collided with a fishing vessel that had been operating in the area.
As a result of the collision, the fishing boat sunk, forcing its crew of 14 to evacuate the vessel.
Thankfully, the search & rescue teams, which comprised of 42 ships, including 21 private vessels and 5 aircraft, managed to locate and rescue 9 seafarers.
However, 3 fishermen died, and 2 are still considered missing.
The search area was expanded to 40 nautical miles from the centre of the incident, but so far they ‘ve met with limited results.
What complicates the situation is accusations of negligence on behalf of the Koeto.
Namely, the collision was initially not reported. A whole half an hour had passed before the Koeto approached relevant maritime authorities with the information.
The ship is currently en-route to Tongyeong, where the duty officer on watch at the time, as well as the ship’s Master, will be interrogated by the local authorities in order to determine the cause of the incident.