Mysterious bulk carrier Focomar sinking near Socotra
Yemeni officials made a statement on Aug 8 reporting sinking of bulk carrier Focomar near Sokotra island, Gulf of Aden. All available information by now, 1500 UTC Aug 8 is contradictory and confusing – regional media say vessel is Russian, but according to all available data, she’s Greek. She doesn’t look to be sunk, either. Some other reports say salvage tug is under way from Dubai, to reach Focomar on Aug 9. Vessel is said to issue distress signal on Aug 7.
I’ve been alerted about Focomar on Aug 5, and informed about her erratic movements and apparent restricted maneuverability. For two days I was trying to find out what’s going on, but gave up due to the lack of info. crew is a mix of Filipino, Russian and Ukrainian nationalities. Why Yemeni officials and media believe that the vessel is Russian, I have no idea.