The head of the International Association of Classification Societies says he’s ready to learn from any defects or mistakes made in the run up to the recent sinking of the Stellar Daisy VLOC. The giant 1993-bulker, owned by South Korea’s Polaris Shipping and classed by the Korean Register, went down in the afternoon of March 31 with the presumed loss of 22 lives. A second Polaris ship – also a VLCC conversion – suffered a crack in its hull days after the Stellar Daisy sinking prompting Polaris to carry out a fleet-wide urgent inspection of its ships.
“As yet, IACS does not have sufficient confirmed information to comment or in any way speculate on the cause of the vessel’s tragic loss,” Robert Ashdown, the secretary general of IACS, told Splash.
He stressed that both the Korean Register and the ship’s registry, the Marshall Islands, are continuing to investigate the case.
“The Korean Register and IACS are anxious and ready to make any relevant contribution to the formal investigation into the events and causes of this casualty,” Ashdown said.
The IACS boss said that following the investigation it would be important to incorporate any lessons to be learned that could further improve safety and minimise future risk from this type of accident.
The Korean Register has admitted that rule changes could be on the cards following the sinking of the converted ore carrier. Intercargo and the IMO are both pushing for a serious investigation into the accident in which there were just two survivors.