Bulk carrier with nickel ore aground, abandoned

Bulk carrier AMBITION JOURNEY suffered engine failure and drifted aground in shallow waters of Sulangan Island, Eastern Samar, Philippines, early in the morning Aug 2. The ship loaded with 49,550 tons of nickel ore is en route from Homonhon Island to China. Reportedly, all 21 Chinese crew were evacuated and taken to nearest town, all to be put under quarantine. No news on ship’s status, but unless she somehow developed list and is in danger of capsizing, abandonment looks kind of strange, and probably, premature.
Bulk carrier AMBITION JOURNEY, IMO 9216690, dwt 51029, built 2001, flag Panama, manager QQ INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING LTD, HK.



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