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All 22 crew rescued as bulk carrier sinks in the Philippine Sea

A Taiwanese fishing vessel rescued all 22 crew from a Panama-flagged bulk carrier which sank this morning in the Philippine Sea.

The Yong Feng was carrying a cargo of timber from Papua New Guinea to China when the cargo shifted, the ship listed sharply and took on water. An emergency call was placed at 3.50 am and all crew made for lifeboats.

The Japan Coast Guard coordinated the search and rescue with a Taiwanese trawler able to pick the crew up around eight hours after the 13,800 dwt bulk carrier had sunk.

The crew consisted of 14 Chinese nationals and eight Bangladeshi nationals.

European database Equasis lists the Yong Feng as managed by Dalian Chain Star Ship Management.

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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