LPG tanker struck Korean fishing boat, 3 dead and 2 missing

Today’s news were full of reports on Korean fishing boat disaster, which claimed 3 lives and left 2 missing, while 9 people were rescued. Fishing boat collided with unidentified cargo shop some 40 nm south of Yokji Island, Tongyeong, Korea, East China sea, at around 0500 Seoul time Jan 11. There was a lot of confusion with regards to cargo ship, it wasn’t even clear if the ship in question collided with fishing boat, or was the first to inform authorities, and to take part in rescue. But by evening, the main suspect was identified as LPG tanker KOETA, en route from Ulsan Korea to China. Filipino officer was on watch, he is to be interrogated, together with Master, after the ship arrives at Tongyeong for investigation. Tanker actually, should already be at Tongyeong, as of 1330 UTC Jan 11, but latest AIS is dated Jan 10.
LPG tanker KOETA, IMO 9189017, dwt 3451, built 1999, flag Panama, manager HWEI LI SHIPPING AGENCIES LTD, Taiwan (EQUASIS).

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.