Bulk carrier explosion, South China sea Update Jul 23

Jul 23: Ship’s AIS off since morning Jul 19.
Jul 19: AIS signal reappeared late Jul 18, bulk carrier not under command, proceeding at some 5 knots, understood under tow, probably of Navy ship.
July 18: Bulk carrier suffered explosion at around in the morning Jul 17, no AIS signal during last 44 hours.

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