Many dead as bunker tanker collides with fishing vessel off Incheon

In the worst South Korean maritime disaster since the dreadful sinking of the Sewol in 2014 a bunker tanker collidied with a fishing boat on Sunday morning off Incheon with the loss of 13 lives, and another three people are reported today as still missing. The fishing boat capsized when it hit the Myeongjin 15 tanker. The tanker was unscathed and has been detained by local authorities who are also interviewing the ship’s master. The capsized fishing boat has been raised and 11 bodies have been found inside it.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered authorities to deploy as many helicopters and other aircraft as possible to search for the missing.

A total of 304 people died in April 2014 when the Sewol ferry capsized while en route to the Korean island of Jeju.

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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