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Korean unions call for action after loss of vessel and crew

7 April 2017

The Federation of Korean Seafarers’ Unions (FKSU) has called for government action after a South Korean-owned vessel sank in the South Atlantic off Uruguay.

The Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Stellar Daisy, owned by the South Korean Polaris Shipping, was reported to have capsized after it set out from Brazil for China with a cargo of iron ore. Some of its 24 crew members – 16 Filipinos and eight South Koreans – sent distress message to the company’s head office before the vessel was lost. Two Filipino survivors were rescued and the search for the missing 22 seafarers has continued.

Calling on the South Korean government to take action, the FKSU pointed out that 19 of Polaris’s 32 carriers had been converted from tankers, and warned that similar accidents could happen. The FKSU added that: “The South Korean government did not ensure that ships are managed properly and has avoided responsibility. Shipowners do not consider the safety and lives of seafarers but keep exploiting loopholes to build vessels.”

The International Maritime Organization and shipping industry body Intercargo have also called for a thorough investigation into the disaster.

 




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