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Stellar Banner scuttling caught on dramatic video 

The four-year-old giant Stellar Banner sank to the bottom of the Atlantic today, its departure to the ocean floor captured on video.

The Polaris Shipping very large ore carrier was refloated a week ago off a sandbank, having taken on water 100 km into a fully laden journey from Brazil to China at the end of February. 

Salvors had taken off some 145,000 tonnes of iron ore in order to refloat it, at which point the vessel’s damaged structure was deemed a total constructive loss, with authorities claiming scuttling was the best option and would not harm the environment. The ship still had at least 145,000 tonnes of iron ore when it was scuttled today.

The ship sank fast, with huge plumes of dark red iron ore fines shooting into the sky. As it sank, the funnel broke off and was left bobbing momentarily in a giant ochre circle on the ocean. 

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. Sad to see sinking vessels. We pray it shall not damage ecological conditions of the surrounding. Authorities must have tried to reflot the vessels by huge cranes,stability corrections .it shows failure is system and our Naval arach team in the region incompetent.
    #IMOHQ #ICS #InternationalSupremeCourt shall put a strict action to those who found guilty.

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