Cargo ship abandoned after developing list, Taiwan Strait

General cargo ship STAR LORD issued distress signal in the afternoon Jan 15, reporting portside list, crew preparing to abandon the ship. STAR LORD was en route from Kaohsiung Taiwan to South Korea, running into trouble in Taiwanese waters off Changhua County coast, Taiwan Strait. All 7 crew were evacuated by helicopter, the ship understood to remain at anchor, abandoned. She doesn’t look like she’s sinking or going to capsize, judging from photo.
General cargo ship STAR LORD, MMSI 476519030, length 56 meters, flag Mongolia.





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