An explosion occurred on Saturday in the engine room of the 250,000 dwt very large ore carrier (VLOC) Stellar Young, the latest disaster to hit the extraordinarily accident prone Polaris Shipping in what has turned out to be the Korean carrier’s annus horribilis. The accident happened during routine maintenance while the ship was moored at Gwangyang in South Korea. Two Filipino crew were injured.
Polaris, one of the world’s largest operators of VLOCs, has had a miserable year. On March 30, 22 crew perished when the Stellar Daisy sank in the South Atlantic off Uruguay. In the ensuing months since that ship sank, a host of defects have been found on other Polaris ships.