Stellar Daisy

Very large ore carrier Stellar Daisy sank with the presumed loss of 22 lives on 31 March 2017. The Polaris Shipping-owned vessel was travelling from Brazil to China when the incident happened. Although the cause of the casualty has not yet been established, one of the two surving crew members said the ship had split in two after listing and taking on water. Other causes suggested for the loss include liquefaction of Stellar Daisy's iron ore cargo. Its South Korean owner hasinspected its surving fleet, and admitted in early May that cracks were found on another of its ore carriers.

News & Analysis

Stellar Daisy
30 Jun 2017
Busan Coast Guard raided Korean Register premises on Thursday 29 June in relation to the sinking of ore carrier Stellar Daisy.
Stellar Daisy
26 May 2017
The Busan Coast Guard raids Polaris Shipping’s offices in its probe over the sunken Stellar Daisy.
Navios' Angeliki Frangou
23 May 2017
Executives and analysts are increasingly pointing to potential for ageing Very large ore carriers to be withdrawn for safety reasons following the sinking of the Stellar Daisy – a possible plus for rates.
Stellar Daisy
15 May 2017
The seafarers remain missing and are believed to have gone down with the vessel, which sank in the Uruguayan part of the Atlantic. 
Stellar Queen
08 May 2017
Two cracks have been found on the upper deck in the ballast tank area of Stellar Queen.
Stellar Daisy
12 Apr 2017
The Federation of Korean Seafarers’ Unions urges the South Korean government to despatch domestic fishing vessels to join the search operations for the missing Polaris’ ore carrier Stellar Daisy, which left 22 people unaccounted for.

Commentary

Shipping must avoid falling into the trap of thinking Daisy or any of the casualties listed by Intercargo in its 2016 report into bulker accidents and incidents is just another number in a table.