Cargo ship Houei Crystal (IMO 9519559) issued a distress signal in the Japan Sea during the evening of December 1st when it was about 250nm south of Nakhodka, Russia. It reported that it was sinking and that the 18 Vietnamese crew were going into a lifeboat. After that, all communications with the ship were lost. Russian cargo ships in the area were searching for the lifeboat in extreme weather conditions. The Houei Crystal 17 had left Nakhodka on November 30th. It was later reported that all of the crew had been rescued. Apart from one man who was washed overboard by a wave before the abandon ship order was given.
2009-built, Panama-flagged, 5,762 gt Houei Crystal is owned by Houei International Shipping care of Great Safety Marine Co Ltd of Hong Kong, China. It is managed by Hinase Ship Management Co Ltd of Hinase-cho, Bizen-shi, Okayama-ken, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Kobe Office in charge) on behalf of Houei International Shipping SA
Report emerged that ro-ro cargo ship Narimoto Maru (IMO 9114660) was abandoned by its crew and capsized in the South China Sea on December 1st some 160nm east of Vung Tau, Vietnam, while en route from Lumut, Malaysia to Taipei, Taiwan. As of the evening of December 1st local time its AIS was still on, so the vessel was either adrift or moving dead ahead in SW direction. The ship interrupted its sailing towards Taiwan and took an opposite course late at night on November 30th.
1995-built, Belize-flagged, 7,416 gt Narimoto Maru is owned by Hesing Shipping Co Ltd, care of Jin Teng Shipping Co Ltd of Hong Kong, China.
Passenger cargo ship Kavaratti (IMO 9238260) suffered a fire in its engine room at around noon local time on December 1st in the Laccadive Sea off southwest India. The vessel was en route from Kavaratti island to islands of Androth and Kadmat, Lakshadweep, with 322 passengers on board. The fire was reported to have been extinguished, but the ship was disabled, adrift some 30nm north-east of Kavaratti. The Indian Coast Guard was reported to have dispatched an SAR tug to assist.
2008-built, India-flagged, 8,763 gt Kavaratti is owned by India Govt Lakshadweep of Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, India.
Port State Control inspectors of the Port Authority of Naples detained cargo ship Alda (IMO 9638135) at the Gesil terminal on November 24th on various alleged infractions. However, the vessel left on November 30th and as of December 2nd the ship was moored at Oristano, Sardinia.
2014-built, Malta-flagged, 25,303 gt Alda is owned by Evanthi Shipping Co SA care of manager Alloveans Shipping Co Ltd of Athens, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Evanthi Shipping Co SA.
Three general cargo ships berthed at Tuzla, Marmara sea, Turkey, two of them understood to have been either in lay-up or for repairs, while one was decommissioned, were damaged by a severe storm late on November 29th. The Umit K sank, while the Umut (IMO 8518156) broke off its moorings and drifted onto the wreck of the Umit K, and the Boras (IMO 8202953) (reportedly decommissioned) also broke off its moorings and either drifted aground was stuck near pier, developing a starboard list. None of the three ships was thought to have had anyone on board at the time. Two jetties were also reported to have been sunk. A police team was dispatched to the scene upon the notice of those who saw the distressed ships.
1986-built, Panama-flagged, 1,680 gt Umut is owned by Umut Shipping Inc care of manager Yel Mimarlik Turizm of Istanbul, Turkey.
1984-built, Turkey-flagged, 3,746 gt Boras is owned by Irem Denizcilik AS and managed by Mete Kardesler Deniz Tas AS of Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey.