Bodies of missing Thorco Cloud crew found

Thorco Shipping has today issued a release saying that local search and rescue teams over Christmas recovered three lifeless bodies relatively close to the wreckage of Thorco Cloud in the Singapore Strait.

One of them has been officially identified as one of the six missing crewmembers from Thorco Cloud.

The chemical tanker Stolt Commitment and multipurpose general cargo vessel Thorco Cloud collided in the eastbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait on December 16 with the latter sinking.

DNA samples and personal records have been forwarded to the authorities to affirm the identity of the other two recovered, and if they are related to Thorco Cloud.

“The search for the remaining missing crew members continues unabated, as well as the authorities’ investigation,” Copenhagen-based Thorco said in a release.

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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