A collision between two ships in the Caribbean has left two men missing,
presumed drowned. The 42,258 dwt 1991-built bulker J Marion Sky,
flagged in Singapore, was in collision with the 1999-built 6,288 dwt
Antigua and Barbudan-registered general cargo ship Industrial Century
about 100 miles north west of Grand Cayman in calm weather.
The handymax vessel, carrying a cargo of alumina hydrate and sand,
sank nine minutes after the collision and 19 of the ship's 21 Philippine
crew were rescued. The master of the ship and another crew member have
not been found, and the search for them has been abandoned. The
survivors were picked up by the badly-damaged Industrial Century's
sister ship Industrial Beacon, which was in the area at the time of the
incident. The Century is heading for Curacao for repairs. The cause of
the collision is unknown.