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SHIP NAME: Asian Forest KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
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China-bound cargo ship rolled abruptly, injuring 18 crew members, after it hit rough weather in the Arabian Sea. The ship tilted to about 30 degrees throwing almost everything that was not nailed to its deck off Mangalore coast. The ship, Asian Forest, was carrying 13,600 tonnes of iron ore from New Mangalore to China. There were 22 people on board when the incident happened.

Ship officials blamed the mishap on cargo loading error. The coast guard managed to save about 18 crew members including the ship's captain Yang Seng Yang. They have been brought to Mangalore and are receiving medical treatment. "The ship, which had sailed out Thursday, sent an SOS to the new Mangalore Port saying that that they were coming back after they hit bad weather. That's when the ship tilted," chairman of the New Mangalore Port P Tamilvanan told DNA.


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On the morning of July 17, MV Asian Forest left New Mangalore Port with 13,000 tonnes of iron ore to China. Within two hours of leaving harbour, due to bad weather, the ship started listing dangerously and finally the all Chinese crew had to abandon the vessel. In response to the distress call made by the vessel, Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Sankalp rendered all necessary assistance to the vessel and her crew.

Some interesting features of the rescue and ICGS Sankalp are: MV_Asian_Forest MV Asian Forest crew rescue (Image credit – P and F Marine Co., Ltd): * 13 crew members out of 18 of the vessel could manage to * reach the shore by lifeboat as the incident occurred about * 15 nautical miles from shore. * The five officers including the captain, abandoned the * vessel finally when the vessel listed around 50 degrees to * port, and were brought to shore by ICGS Sankalp. * All necessary medical assistance was provided. * The vessel is operated by P and F Marine Co., Ltd.


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There is a video on youtube taken from one of the ships heading out to the rescue, showingthe ship listing way over to port. The weather is not very bad.

Ship was less than two years old. Cargo was iron ore fines loaded during the monsoon season. The most likely cause was the cargo was over the Transport Moisture Limit and shifted as soon as the ship started rolling. But we could use confirmation.