Ship memorial unveiled on second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan

Ship memorial unveiled on second anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan

Today marks two years since the second anniversary since the most powerful storm ever to make landfall struck the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving millions without food, shelter or livelihood. Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Visayas region of the archipelago, smashing the city Tacloban in particular.

To mark the anniversary Tacloban City mayor Alfred Romualdez unveiled this weekend the Eva Jocelyn, one of four ships that ran aground on the coast on the morning of November 8, 2013.

The vessel, cut in half and encased in concrete, will serve as a memorial for the thousands who died, among them coastal residents faced with 7 m storm surges.

The ship is the subject of a documentary, which was released this January and is accessible here.

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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