The Bulk Jupiter (IMO 9339947) was a Bahamian-registered, 2006-built supramax bulk carrier which sank between 6 am and 7 am on January 2, 2015 off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam while transporting a cargo of bauxite from Kuantan in Malaysia to China. The Bulk Jupiter had a Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) of 56,009 metric tonnes.
|Vessel||Subclass||Loss of Vessel||Date of Incident||Lives Lost||Loaded||Destination||Incident Location||Cargo||DWT (tonnes)||Cargo (tonnes)||Reference(s)|
|Bulk Jupiter||Supramax||Yes||2 January 2015||18 of 19||Kuantan, Malaysia||China||Off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam||Bauxite||56,009||46,400||See main text|
Crew and Fatalities
Of the 19 Filipino crew members on board, the ship's chief cook, Angelito Capindo Rojas, is the only known survivor, picked up shortly after the incident by the tug boat, M/V OLNG Muttrah while other rescue vessels found the empty lifeboats from the Bulk Jupiter. On the Friday after the incident, the joint rescue force found two bodies drifting at sea, one of which was the ship’s captain, Andrin Ronel Acueza, 46, and the other was the third Officer, Dinoy Jerome Maquilang, 23. All other crew members are still missing and presumed dead.
|Family Name||Given Name||Ranking or Rating||Nationality||Date of Birth||Status After Incident|
|Andrin||Ronel Acueza||Captain||Philippines||03/07/1969||Found Dead|
|Abogadie||Renner Karl Resos||Chief Officer||Philippines||04/09/1985||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Ranara||Gibbson Ladica||2nd Officer||Philippines||27/09/1982||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Dinoy||Jerome Maquilang||3rd Officer||Philippines||09/08/1991||Found Dead|
|Bacalla||Alexis Thomas Piala||Jr 3rd Officer||Philippines||15/12/1990||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Damasen||Joseph Bantolino||Chief Engineer||Philippines||28/12/1972||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Correos||Lot Olavides||2nd Engineer||Philippines||12/10/1985||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Mendoza||Reydante Santos||3rd Engineer||Philippines||30/03/1970||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Gapasin||Ricky Arangorin||Electrician||Philippines||11/03/1985||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Aleta||Jonniefer Derapite||Bosun||Philippines||17/10/1970||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Toribio||Renato II Flores||AB 1||Philippines||12/02/1978||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Balazo||Wynfred Penaranda||AB 2||Philippines||25/12/1975||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Melecio||Edger II Tabanao||OS 1||Philippines||29/10/1988||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Espliguera||George Jr. Barbaso||OS 2||Philippines||12/12/1987||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Acebo||Edwin Deriada||Fitter||Philippines||18/01/1964||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Sansolis||Rosilo Navarro||Motorman||Philippines||21/04/1986||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Flora||Gilbert Feliciano||Wiper||Philippines||11/11/1982||Missing, Presumed Dead|
|Rojas||Angelito Capindo||Chief Cook||Philippines||03/08/1972||Survived|
|Causarin||Mark Timothy Denosta||Galley Boy||Philippines||24/05/1992||Missing, Presumed Dead|
The surviving crew member recounted the incident:
- Rojas told officials that he had no idea what happened with the ship. "I don't understand why the ship had the accident and sank," he was quoted as saying "I just knew that the ship, which was on its way, suddenly tilted. I just had time to put on life vest and jump into the sea.".
- When asked for more information related to the shipwreck, Rojas said he did not remember, saying he was tired.
- Despite being explained and convinced that all of the information he supplies will help a great deal in save the remaining missing crewmembers, Rojas refused to continue talking.
The cargo of bauxite was loaded onto the Bulk Jupiter in Kuantan, Malaysia and departed the port around 20:00 on December 30, 2015. Between 6 am and 7 am local time on January 2, 2015, five days into its voyage to China, the Bulk Jupiter sank off off the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam. The Bulk Jupiter issued distress signals at 22:54 hours UTC on January 1st in position lat 9".01' 01:001N, long 109" 15' 26.01E which were received by the Japanese Coast Guard.
According to the sole survivor of the 19-strong Filipino crew, Rojas Angelito Capindo, the ship’s chef, stated that the incident occurred very quickly and for no apparent reason with the vessel listing to one side during the disaster. This account of the speed of the incident is consistent with several previous dry bulk carrier losses involving cargo liquefaction, therefore this is the suspected cause. During the search and rescue, the parties involved stated they were hampered by bad weather, indicating this also could be related to the incident. "The weather is very bad with high waves and strong winds," said Pham Hien, Vice President of the Vung Tau Maritime Rescue Coordination Center, which lead the search for the victims.
- The commonwealth of the Bahamas, "M.v Bulk Jupiter – Marine Safety Investigation Report", 18 August 2015. (Download PDF)
- Munro, M., & Mohajerani, A. (2016). Liquefaction Incidents of Mineral Cargoes on-board Bulk Carriers. Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, 2016, 20. doi: 10.1155/2016/5219474 (Download PDF)
- Press, The Associated. "Ship Sinks Off Vietnam, Only 1 of 19 Crew Rescued". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 January 2015