9 crew were evacuated from distressed bulk carrier, New Caledonia

9 crew were reportedly evacuated on May 17 or 18 from distressed bulk carrier NEW BEGINNING, anchored at Ngo Bay, New Caledonia, since May 12. Cause of evacuation unknown, medical assistance was mentioned.

Initial news:
Bulk carrier listed after ore liquefying, turned back, anchored in New Caledonia
May 12, 2019 4:30 am
Bulk carrier NEW BEGINNING left New Caledonia with cargo of nickel ore on May 8, bound for Japan. On May 9 bulk carrier developed list which was increasing, on May 10 she reported to responsible MRCC, that ore liquefying is the cause of increasing list, the ship turned back and headed for Ngo Bay, New Caledonia, from where NEW BEGINNING started her voyage after loading ore. She arrived at Ngo Bay in the morning May 12, and anchored, with reportedly, 10-degrees list.

Bulk carrier NEW BEGINNING, IMO 9622796, dwt 56098, built 2013, flag Panama, manager HSIN CHIEN MARINE CO LTD-CHT, Taiwan.

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