The 190 meter long, 33205 dwt bulk carrier Emerald Star foundered some 150 nautical miles east of the coast off Cagayan, Philippines. The Emerald Star had departed from Buli, Indonesia with a cargo of nickel ore and 26 crew bound for Lianyungang, China.
While passing through the Luzon Strait, it encountered rough seas due to proximity of Typhoon Odette. The conditions caused the cargo to liquefy and the bulk carrier lost stability. The crew of the Emerald Star was able to sent out a distress call before the vessel capsized and sank.
The Japanese Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation. Two boats and three aircraft were dispatched to search for survivors. Four nearby vessels joined the search operations. These nearby vessels were able to rescue 15 crew from the water.
Reports state 11 crew were still reported as missing. Search operations had been hampered by bad weather. An oil slick is visible around the area where the Emerald Star sank.
The 98 meter long, 5279 dwt freighter Changda 216 sank near the entrance of the Cagayan River, Luzon, Philippines. The freighter was partially loaded with a cargo of magnetized sand heading to load additional cargo when it was struck by heavy waves. The waves caused the cargo to shift and the vessel lost stability. Reports state 13 crew of the 15 on board were rescued. The other 2 crewmen were reported lost. Some pollution was released from the Changda’s 70 tons of diesel fuel on board. No salvage attempts have been made and reports state the mast is the only portion still above water.
Two tugs, 44.69 gt C-West and 54.09 gt Full Speed, grounded near Sanchez Mira, Cagayan,Philippines. The C-West was towing the barge Marami while the tug Full Speed was towing the barge Serenity. The convoy of vessels encountered heavy swells which pushed the vessels uncontrollably towards the coast. All the crewmen from both tugs and barges escaped safely. No reports of any of the total 11 men on board were injured. The vessels left Port Irene, Cagayan and were headed to Mariveles, Bataan. An environmental response team has been sent out.