Coastal freighter sank after collision in Manila Bay

Utility vessel BKM 104 collided with small coastal freighter PALAWAN PEARL (no data found) early in the morning Jul 8 in Manila Bay, South Harbor Anchorage area, Philippines. Freighter hull was breached, she sank, resting on bottom portside, being partially above waterline. Crew understood to be safe, no leak so far reported. PALAWAN PEARL is having on board some 3 tons of bunker, no big deal.
Utility vessel BKM 104, IMO 9556935, GT 375, built 2009, flag Cyprus.



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