Family doubt seafarer suicide claims

Manila: Another sad tale of seafarer mistreatment is unfolding in the Philippines. The family of a cadet who allegedly committed suicide has filed charges against both the shipowner, Sanko Line, and his fellow crewmembers for allegedly concealing information on the death.

Felipe Bora was found dead inside his cabin onboard the Sanko Fortune (74,940 dwt, built 2012) bulker three months ago. Fellow crewmembers said Bora had hanged himself, something his family dismiss, believing he was killed. Autopsy results showed Borra had 22 contusions on his body and his internal organs were also seriously injured. A court case is likely to follow.


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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