Sea Prospect

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Last known location of the Sea Prospect off the coast of Okinawa, Japan (24.29N, 130.37E)[1] (Source: Google Maps).

The Sea Prospect (IMO 9136709[2]) was a Panama-registered, 1996-built handysize[3] bulk carrier which capsized on the August 26, 1988[4] off the coast of Okinawa, Japan[1] while transporting a cargo of nickel ore[5] from Indonesia to Japan[1]. The Sea Prospect had five cargo holds[6] with a Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) of 21,297 metric tonnes[7].

Summary[edit]

Vessel Subclass Loss of Vessel Date of Incident Lives Lost Loaded Destination Incident Location Cargo DWT (tonnes) Cargo (tonnes) Reference(s)
Sea Prospect Handysize Yes 26 August 1998 10 of 21 Indonesia Hiroshima, Japan Off the coast of Okinawa, Japan Nickel Ore 21,297 N/A See main text

Crew and Fatalities[edit]

Of the 21 crew members on board, ten were posted as missing[5] and later presumed dead.

Voyage and Cargo[edit]

The cargo of nickel ore was loaded onto the Sea Prospect in Indonesia[1]. During its Voyage to Hiroshima, Japan[8], the Sea Prospect capsized off the coast of Okinawa, Japan (24.29N, 130.37E)[1].

Cause[edit]

The Sea Prospect was initally suspected of capsizing due to the cargo of nickel ore shifting[6] (or liquefying[9][10][11]). Although not confirmed, it was later reported by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) that in this case there is no evidence that the cargo shifted or liquefied[8].

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 http://www.c4tx.org/ctx/job/cdb/cas_list/precis.php?id=19980826_001
  2. http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/details/ships/shipid:881606/mmsi:-9136709/imo:9136709/vessel:SEA_PROSPECT
  3. https://www.vesselfinder.com/vessels/SEA-PROSPECT-IMO-9136709
  4. MSC 75/5/2 FSA Study on Bulk Carrier Safety Conducted by Japan - Historical Data Analysis, 12 February 2002. (Download PDF)
  5. 5.0 5.1 http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/252941/big-bills-from-losses-of-highvalue-vessels
  6. 6.0 6.1 MSC 75/5/2 FSA Study on Bulk Carrier Safety Conducted by Japan - Historical Data Analysis, 12 February 2002. (Download PDF)
  7. http://maritime-connector.com/ship/sea-prospect-9136709/
  8. 8.0 8.1 http://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/164724/ships-suffer-from-nickel-ore-cargoes
  9. http://www.ukpandi.com/loss-prevention/article/602-9-08-shipping-nickel-ore-indonesia-852/
  10. http://www.veristar.com/portal/rest/jcr/repository/collaboration/sites%20content/live/veristarinfo/web%20contents/bv-content/bv/trainingSolutions/MO%20Training%20Seminar/2014%20Training%20Seminar/plenary-sessions/documents/Cargo%20Liquefaction.pdf
  11. http://www.investorvillage.com/mbthread.asp?mb=4923&tid=2444238&showall=1

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