The 272 gt passenger ship Kanzam Express (possibly the formerly Royal Ferry IMO: 9137375) sank off Itbayat Island in Batanes, Philippines. The ferry was near Itbayat with seven crew when it began to sink by the stern. As the bow lifted out of the water, the crew remained on deck when the passing 190 meter long bulk carrier Ingrid C came to the rescue. The bulk carrier rescued five of the seven crew. Two crew were reported as still missing. The Philippine Coast Guard dispatched a search and rescue team to the area where the Kanzam Express sank. The cause of the water ingress and later sinking had not yet been reported.
The fishing vessel Fa Tsai went aground off Itbayat Island,Batanes, Philippines. The fishing vessel was empty when grounded near the island. All 5 crew were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The vessel was later pulled free. No details why the Taiwanese vessel was operating in the area.
- Taiwanese, Indonesian fishermen rescued off Batanes (rappler.com)
The motor vessel Hong Wei foundered between the Itbayat Island, Philippines and Shantou, China. The vessel had 24 crewmen and 40,000 tons of nickel ore when it sank. Rescue ships were able to save 14 crewmen with 10 remaining missing. Reports do not state the cause of the sinking.
- 10 Chinese sailors missing, 14 rescued after cargo ship sinks (cnn.com)
- Search on for 10 Chinese seafarers (globalnation.inquirer.net)
- Chinese cargo ship sinks off Philippine coast: report (reuters.com)