Intercargo urges for greater SAR capabilities in the wake of the Stellar Daisy sinking

Intercargo, the dry bulk shipping industry association, has called for greater search and rescue infrastructure in the world. In its latest Bulk Carrier Casualty Report, Intercargo discussed the tragic sinking of the Stellar Daisy VLOC in March last year which saw 22 crew die.

“While the Search And Rescue (SAR) efforts in response to this sinking are to be praised, in its aftermath the shipping community should be concerned about the non-availability of sufficient SAR capabilities in the vicinity of busy shipping lanes around the world and revisit this issue,” Intercargo stated.

The elderly bulker went down in the South Atlantic and despite an enormous, multinational effort to try and find survivors just two Filipinos survived. The ship’s registry, the Marshall Islands, has yet to release details of its investigations into the Polaris Shipping-controlled vessel.

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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