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Bulk carrier sinks near Philippines, 10 missing

Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier  Emerald Star sank near Luzon of The Philippines on Friday.

The incident occurred when the 57,000 dwt supramax bulk carrier was carrying nickel ore from Indonesia to China’s Lianyungang Port under rough sea conditions.

According to local sources, the nickel ore was going to be transported to Chinese iron and steel producer Shagang Group’s plant in Jiangsu.

Of the 26 crew members onboard the vessel, 16 were rescued by nearby vessels Densa Cobra and SM Samarinda. The other 10 crewmembers including the ship’s captain, all Indian nationals, remain missing.

Coast guards from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan and India have all joined search efforts for the missing crew.

The vessel is owned by Dubai Bulkers and managed by Stellar Ocean Transport.


Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.


  1. When you saw the headline, you thought “Nickel ore”, didn’t you?

    We all did.

    Shame on the IMO.

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