Greek bulker Panamax Blessing sent to bottom Chinese freighter Harmony Rise in collision
Greek bulk carrier Panamax Blessing collided with Chinese general cargo vessel Harmony Rise at around 04:00 LT July 10 13, in the vicinity of 35 10N 129 22E some 6.5 nautical miles off Korean coast, Japan sea. Panamax Blessing was proceeding north, Harmony Rise south. Vessels collided on opposite courses obviously due to watch officers mistakes, while trying to avoid collision. Panamax Blessing struck Harmony Rise starboard, Chinese freighter sank shortly after collision. 12 Chinese crew went into life rafts and was rescued, reportedly by Panamax Blessing. Bulk carrier suffered bow damages. General cargo vessel Harmony Rise was en route from Tanchon, North Korea. Bulk carrier Panamax Blessing was en route from Argentina to Ulsan, Korea.