11 feared dead as ship sinks off Luzon

Eleven people are feared to have died when the general cargo vessel Fortune Life sank on Friday.

The ship is believed to have capsized as its cargo of 7,500 tons of feldspar shifted. Eight crew were rescued. The seafarers were made up of 18 Chinese and one Vietnamese.

The ship went down 130 nautical miles west of Luzon island in the north of the Philippines, while it was en route from Taiwan to Malaysia. Equasis says the ship is managed by a Hong Kong firm for a mainland Chinese unspecified entity.

The Philippine Coast Guard has been scouring the area for the missing seafarers with no luck come Sunday afternoon.



Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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