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SHIP NAME: Orchid Sun KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source INTERCARGO
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China to Iran (steel products). Crew acknowledged that the ships No 1 cargo hold was flooded at around 1800 on 10 July 2007 because the warter ingress alarm of that hold was operated. And the vessel capsized at aound 0820 on 12 July 2007 due to the rough sea voyage.


source MAREUD
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The race is on to save twelve crew members who are believed to be missing after their South Korea-flagged bulk carrier sank in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday (12/7 2007). Eleven of the crew of 23 from the 43,600-dwt Orchid Sun (built 1985) have been rescued in a joint effort by the Oman Coast Guard and military and commercial vessels in the area. The handymax bulker began to sink at about 23:00 GMT on Wednesday 90 miles off Omanʼs east coast and is believed to have become fully submerged shortly after. A US defence official based in Bahrain said there are reports of a hole in the shipʼs bow. The Japanese naval ship Suzunami dispatched a helicopter which picked up one of the crew members while a commercial vessel plucked a further seven from the water. Two other crew members were reported to have been spotted from the Japanese helicopter floating in a life raft. A Pakistani commercial vessel named as Tippu Sultan and two other ships are assisting with the search and rescue operation but are believed to yet be some distance away from the casualty site. The 23 crew members are believed to be made up of 13 Filipinos, eight South Koreans and two Chileans. Four Filipinos, two Koreans and one Chilean are believed to be amongst those so far rescued. A spokesperson at the shipʼs owner and manager, Seoul-based SW Shipping, would not comment on the situation at an early stage, but said it is in contact with coastguard authorities from South Korea, Oman and the US. The Orchid Sun was sailing from Iran to China with a 42,000-ton cargo of iron ore when it sank. It is classed by the Korean Register with insurance from the Japan Ship Owners P+I Association.


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