Abandoned car carrier adrift UPDATE Jun 17

Jun 17 UPDATE. Understood offshore tug LEWEK HYDRA (IMO 9503043) was tasked with salvage. Meanwhile Philippines CG patrol ship CABRA approached DIAMOND HIGHWAY in the morning Jun 17, to monitor car carrier drift and status.

Jun 16 0400 UTC: Car carrier DIAMOND HIGHWAY was reported abandoned, disabled, late LT Jun 15, in South China sea in vicinity 12 40N 117 14 E, SW of Manila, see map. The ship was en route from Singapore to Batangas, Philippines. The ship went NUC and started to drift at around 1530 UTC Jun 15, AIS went off several hours later, most probably because there’s major fire on board, spreading to bridge. Crew abandoned the ship and were picked up by nearby merchant ship, no injures reported. On Jun 16 K Line according to some sources, contracted salvage company NIPPON.

Car carrier DIAMOND HIGHWAY, IMO 9293636, GT 60175, built 2004, flag Panama, operator K Line.

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