Chinese freighter sank after collision, 13 crew missing, Japan UPDATE

General cargo ship GUO XING 1 sank in Aomori Prefecture waters, northeast Honshu, Pacific, at around 1300 UTC Feb 29, after collision with local fishing boat. The ship loaded with scrap, bound for Korea, suffered hull breach with ensuing water ingress, probably there was cargo shift, because understood, she sank in a very short time – 13 out of 14 crew went missing, looks like capsizing. 1 crew was rescued. Fishing boat remained afloat, 15 crew safe. Freighter crew included Chinese and Vietnamese nationalities, she left Hashinohe Port, Aomori, earlier this day.

Mar 1 UPDATE: 14 crew included 7 Chinese, 6 Vietnamese (1 rescued) and 1 Filipino nationalities.

General cargo ship GUO XING 1, IMO 9368118, dwt 3600, built 2005, flag Belize, manager BAOLIN SHIPPING CO LTD, Liaonin, China.

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