Ferry feared sunk by cyclone, 60 people missing, Solomon islands

Ferry TAIMAREHO with some 60 people on board feared sank in Solomon islands waters, while en route from capital Honiara to West Are Are in Malaita Province, at night Apr 2, being caught in rough weather, brought by cyclone Harold. Solomon MRCC got distress message in the morning Apr 3, saying that the ferry encountered very rough seas and strong winds between 2am and 3am Apr 3, a number of passengers were washed overboard. SAR hampered by stormy conditions.
No data found on MV TAIMAREHO. There is Solomon-flagged, 66-meter passenger ship TAIMAREHO 1, looking like she’s the ship in question, AIS inoperable since Oct 2019.

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Erofey is a Merchant Marine Captain with more than 20 years experience in commanding oil tankers. He works as a Captain, being most of his time at sea. He contributes maritime news.