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.
Bulk carrier Elpida
10 Apr 2017
Commercial ships have joined in the search-and-rescue operations for the Polaris ore carrier Stellar Daisy, which went missing in the Atlantic Ocean during a routine Brazil-China trip.
Stellar Daisy
07 Apr 2017
The Federation of Korean Seafarers' Unions condemn the government and Polaris Shipping for the slow response over the disappearance of ore carrier Stellar Daisy and calls for stricter regulations.
Stellar Daisy
03 Apr 2017
The ship sank loaded with iron ore bound for Qingdao, China.
Stellar Daisy
02 Apr 2017
Twenty-two crew members remain missing after the crew on the 266, 141 dwt Stellar Daisy sent a distress signal on 31 March, saying the vessel was taking in water on the port side and was listing rapidly.

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.