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Freighter Jian Fu Star Capsizes

Freighter Jian Fu Star Capsizes

Eluanbi, Taiwan
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The Panama 35,000 ton bulk freighter Jian Fu Star capsized off Oluanpi, Taiwan. The vessel was carrying nickel ore from Indonesia to Qingdao, China when it capsized and sank in bad weather. Reports state that there were 25 crew onboard with 12 saved, 1 lost and 12 missing. Another report states the crew was able to radio a distress signal before the sinking.

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Factory Ship Athena Fire

Factory Ship Athena Fire

The 345 foot fish factory vessel Athena caught fire off the Isles of Scilly. The fire started in the package storage area containing cardboard boxes. Firefighters were airlifted to the vessel to help fight the blaze, but were forced to evacuate. The 98 of the crew of 111 were transferred off to the container ship Vega. Reports state the fire was not extinguished and the vessel was listing due to water used to fight the fire. The Athena was towed by the Coastguard tug to Falmouth Harbour.

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John D. Leitch aground on Lake Erie

John D. Leitch aground on Lake Erie

The 734 foot freighter John D. Leitch ran aground on the muddy shoals at the entrance of outer harbor of Buffalo, New York. A few hours later with the help of tugs, the freighter was pulled free. The vessel was carrying 28,000 tons of road salt bound for Buffalo. No reports of pollution being released.

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