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Polaris restarts hunt for sunken Stellar Daisy

The search for the missing Stellar Daisy VLOC is to restart tomorrow after a number of days of inactivity due to bad weather. The 1993-built converted ore carrier sank in the South Atlantic on March 30 with just two of the 24 crew rescued.

The owner has said it will shortly enter negotiations with the families of the missing crew over compensation.

“We still believe that they are still alive, we have not found one missing liferaft,” a family member told Splash today.

Polaris has been forced to draft in Lloyd’s Register to help another class society, Korean Register, carry out an urgent fleet check up as another elderly converted VLOC was found to have a crack on its hull days after the Stellar Daisy sank.

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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