Polaris ore carrier rescues fishing crew on maiden voyage

Sao Heaven. Credit: Polaris Shipping

A newly built ore carrier rescued 10 crew members of a capsized Indonesian fishing trawler while on its maiden voyage.

The 325,000 dwt Sao Heaven, which was delivered to South Korean ore carrier specialist Polaris Shipping from Hyundai Heavy Industries in June 2019, was carrying a cargo of Vale’s iron ore to Zhanjiang, China, when it came across the fishing crew in the Java Sea on 4 September 2019.

The fishing crewmen, all Indonesians, said that their vessel, KM Martina Hingis, overturned after being hit by strong waves.

A representative of Polaris Shipping told Safety at Sea that the captain of Sao Heaven saw the fishing trawler crewmen adrift in the sea around 13.00hrs local time and brought them into the ship.

“The Indonesians were hungry and had minor injuries so the captain let them rest in the ship for a few hours. The captain then notified the relevant authorities in Indonesia and the Bandung search and rescue (SAR) centre sent a vessel to collect the Indonesians,” said the representative.

Just after 05.00hrs, the SAR vessel arrived to pick up the Indonesian crewmen, who were handed to their employer 45 minutes later, soon after arriving at Pantai Mutiara in Jakarta.

Indonesian media stated that KN Martina Hingis, which was named after the retired Swiss tennis legend, had left the port of Muara Angke in Jakarta to fish for squid in the Java Sea on 3 September.