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Nomikos bulker charged in Philippine trawler collision case

The Philippine Coast Guard has filed criminal charges against the owner and crew of the bulk carrier Vienna Wood N, accused of colliding into a fishing boat .

14 crew from the fishing boat are missing presumed dead after it sank on June 27. 

The Nomikos Transworld Maritime-owned ship has been detained at the port of Batangas. The master and officers of the Chinese-crewed ship have been charged and could face lengthy jail sentences.

“We understand from local media reports that charges will be filed against the Master and officers of MV Vienna Wood and AM Nomikos by the owners of the other vessel, although we have not as yet received official confirmation of this. The owners, managers and crew are continuing to co-operate fully with the investigation still being conducted by the Philippine authorities. The vessel remains at Batangas Bay, having taken part in last week’s search and rescue operation. Our thoughts are with the missing crew members of the other vessel and their families at this difficult time,” a spokesperson for the Greek owner told Splash.  

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.


  1. The so-called by the press “HIT AND RUN” cases are nothing but a maritime safety problem related to asian fishing boats and maritime traffic in the area. The IMO has been negotiating on the subject for more than 50 years, spending an astronomical budget with nule results. Regarding the authorities of the coastal states, it is better not to comment. Enough to say than half of the Asian fishing fleet is stateless.

    1. Well said captain.
      We know what is the situation at Philippines.
      If it was accident between Filipinos nothing should be happened. They know well whilst they do. I wish the less possible troubles for the crew

  2. Rest in peace, hard working fishermen,
    The sea is an unforgiving treacherous place to make a living.
    I’m very sad to hear of this accident.

  3. So what you are trying to say is that it is okay to leave those people to die after the collision. Period.

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