Chinese gen cargo ship sank off Jeju, 20 missing

General cargo ship JIN TIAN sank in East China sea some 75 nm south of Jeju island, Korea, early in the morning Jan 25, while en route from Vanimo PNG to Incheon, Korea. Understood the ship was caught in rough weather brought by N-NE icy winds, raging over Asian waters during last several days. Last report from the ship was around 0225 Seoul time, stating that the crew is leaving the ship. Korean and Japanese Coast Guard joined forces in search and rescue, by 0930 Seoul time 2 out of 22 crew were rescued, the rest are missing.
General cargo ship JIN TIAN, IMO 9578713, dwt 9784, built 2010, flag HK, manager SHENZHEN SHEKOU SHPG & TRANS.

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