Chinese fishing vessel sank after explosion, 3 dead, 3 missing, Atlantic

Chinese fishing vessel with 21 crew on board suffered explosion at night Jul 5-6, off Guinea Bissau coast, Atlantic ocean. 3 Chinese crew died, 3 went missing, 15 crew including Chinese and Guinea Bissau nationalities, were rescued and transferred to Bissau. Vessel, identified as YUAN YU 15 and operated by Chinese company Zhongyu Global Seefood Corporation, reportedly sank. There’s one vessel under the name of YUAN YU 15, AIS missing since at least 2017, though vessel is marked as Active.
Fishing vessel YUAN YU 15, IMO 8863795, GT 304, built 1992, flag China.

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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.