Undersea search for Stellar Daisy begins

Multipurpose offshore vessel Seabed Constructor last week began an undersea search for the wreck and voyage data recorder of VLOC Stellar Daisy (IMO 9038725), which sank off the coast of Uruguay in March 2017 with a full load of Brazilian iron ore.

Houston, Texas-based  seabed exploration company Ocean Infinity left Cape Town, South Africa, on February 8th for a mission that could last up to 50 days and cost $4.3m.

Stellar Daisy sank while on a voyage from Brazil to China, with 22 crew (14 from the Philippines, eight from South Korea) presumed dead. Two Filipino seamen were rescued.

1993-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 148,431 gt Stellar Daisy is owned by VP-14 Shipping Inc of Majuro, Marshall Islands. It is managed by Polaris Shipping of Seoul, South Korea. When she sank she was entered with Steamship Mutual on behalf of VP-14 Shipping.