The 190 meter long, 56040 dwt freighter Vinalines Queen was reported lost between Luzon Island, Philippines and Taiwan. The vessel had reported it had a significant list of 18 degrees sailing in bad weather before contact was lost. Authorities from Vietnam, Japan and Hong Kong have conducted a search for the vessel for several days, but no sign of the crew or vessel has been found. The Vinalines Queen with 23 crewmen on board was headed to Ningde City, China from Morowali, Indonesia with 54,400 tons of nickle ore.
Update December 30:
A single crewman was rescued by the vessel London Courage. The crewman was able to make it to the lifeboat before the Vinalines Queen capsized and sank after suffering a list. The crewman is in good health and should recover. The cause of the list is not yet known, but the cause was most likely shift in cargo by water ingress into the holds.
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.
The 140 meter long, 11500 dwt freighter Aoli 6 went aground off San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines. The master of the Aoli 6 made a navigation error after a miscommunication with the harbor pilot. The vessel was unable to free itself and has requested assistance to be refloated. Divers has inspected the hull and found no damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Aoli 6 was scheduled to deliver a cargo of 9097 tons of chrome ore to a port in China.