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Ocean Affinity contracted to find the Stellar Daisy

Ocean Affinity, the Houston-based company which earlier this year failed to track the missing MH370 airplane, has won a contract from another Asian government.

The subsea specialists have been employed by the South Korean government to find the Stellar Daisy, a very large ore carrier (VLOC) belonging to Polaris Shipping, which sank in March last year in the South Atlantic with the loss of 22 lives.

Ocean Affinity is being paid $4.33m to conduct a 50-day search starting in January for the ship with a view to getting the VLOC’s voyage data recorder.

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. Should be a much more straightforward task; the location of the sinking is approximately known and a VLOC is a nice big sonar target.

    I’m sure we are all very pleased that the Korean Government are doing this; the days when ships “just sank” are over. The VDR is needed.

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