Aframax hit and run in Gulf of Siam?
Vietnamese fishing vessel CM 99596-TS sank after being struck by hit&run ship in the afternoon Jun 22 in Gulf of Siam, some 70 nm SW of Hon Khoai island, eastern Gulf of Siam. The ship sailed to Thailand waters. 7 crew were rescued by nearby fishing vessel, all are reported to be well.
CM 99596-TS fishermen, according to Vietnamese news outlets (https://www.nguoiduatin.vn/xac-minh-tau-ca-cua-ngu-dan-ca-mau-bi-tau-hang-dam-chim-tren-bien-a439146.html), claim they spotted hit&run ship’s name, identifying her as Singapore-flagged OCEAN UNICORN. It’s an Aframax tanker, she docked at Map Ta Put, Thailand, late at night Jun 23.
Information with regards to ship’s identity is not yet verified or officially confirmed. Interestingly, though, ship’s AIS track has a visible gap between Jun 21 and Jun 23, with rather curious records:
2019-06-21 10:16 +07 Left port area Singapore 12° 33' 13" N ; 101° 12' 48" E
2019-06-21 10:16 +07 Entered port area Singapore 1° 14' 16" N ; 104° 03' 41" E
Tanker left Sungai Linggi, Malaysia, Malacca Strait, on Jun 20, bound for Map Ta Put.
IMRRA, FleetMon’s official Vessel Risk Rating Partner, risk assessed this tanker as having a ‘green’ risk rating, with a specific risk rating of 30% (19-FEB-18), compared to the fleet average 35%. New risk assessment reports can be purchased via FleetMon.
Red: Poorest performing; Amber: Average value; Green: Good indicator.