Bulk carrier Eastern Glamour suffered engine failure on January 17th south of Yuhuan while approaching Wenzhou port with a cargo of coal. Tugs and patrol boats brought the vessel safely to anchor. As of 13.30 UTC January 18th she was at inner anchor. According to database lead insurer is Swedish Club, through owner Mega Fame Ltd.
General cargo vessel Meridian Tres sank at around 20.00 local time January 17th between Bohol and Leyte islands, Philippines, apparently as a result of container cargo shift in severe weather. All but one of the 29 crew were rescued, but one remains missing. No details of ship in P&I Club databases.
M/V Virginia 1, with 11 crew members on board, caught fire and sank at about 01.00 local time about 8nm from Fortune Island, off the coast of Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines. The Philippines Coast Guard reported five are missing, one dead and four rescued. A fire was apparently noticed in cabin adjacent to the smoke stack of the vessel. Crew members attempted to extinguish the fire but it quickly spread to the main deck, then reaching the midship section where combustible cargoes were stored. The Master gave the order to abandon ship at 02.00 and, according to survivors’ statements, six crew boarded a life raft while five others boarded a lifeboat. The five who boarded the life raft remain missing.