On December 30, the 190 meter long, 56009 dwt bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter sank off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam. The Bulk Jupiter had departed from Kuantan, Malaysia with 19 crew and a cargo of 46,400 tons of bauxite. The Japanese Coast Guard and the Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (Vietnam MRCC) received a distress call from the Bulk Jupiter, but were unable to make contact with the vessel. Authorities dispatched vessels to the scene and contacted other ships in the area to look for survivors. A tug rescued one crewman in the water while other rescue vessels found the empty lifeboats from the Bulk Jupiter. Later searches found two bodies. Authorities continue to search for the remaining 16 crew members. Some reports believe the cause of the sinking was caused by the sudden lost of stability from the bauxite cargo.
The fishing vessel Arokiya Matha became disabled in heavy seas off Mangalore, India. The vessel had suffered engine failure and one crewman required medical assistance. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Mumbai relayed the message to the 37000 dwt tanker Atria. The Atria was en route to Singapore, but changed course and proceeded to the Arokiya Matha. The crew of the Atria were able to pass a towing line along with medicine to the fishing vessel. The vessels proceeded towards Mangalore. Off Mangalore, the Atria dropped the towing line after contacting the Indian Coast Guard. The Indian Coast Guard Ship Abheek had been dispatched and reached the fishing vessel a short time later. The Coast Guard provided first aid and help to repair the engine. Local authorities arrived and took the Arokiya Matha under tow into the the port at Bunder. No reports of injuries.