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Polaris suffers another mishap

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.


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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