Our sailing republic blog extends our sincerest sympathy to the bereaved families and we highly encourage the general public to pray for all victims of the M/V Bulk Jupiter tragedy.
The Philippine Star (Philstar) newspaper reported on Monday, January 5, that 2 Filipino seafarers were dead and 16 others were still missing after their vessel M/V Bulk Jupiter sank off the coast of Vietnam.
On the said news, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila officially confirmed the death and identified the two bodies of Ronel Acueza Andrin and Jerome Maquilang Dinoy, the Captain and Third Officer of the ill-fated ship respectively. Andrin, 35, is a native of Quezon province while Dinoy, 23, hailed from Cebu.
Meanwhile, Search and rescue (SAR) operations mainly led by Vietnamese Navy rescuers were deployed to scour, as Vietnamese state media Tuoi Tres News first identified, the following missing crew members as of press time.
- Renner Carl Resos Abugadie
- Gibbson Ladica Ranara
- Alexis Thomas Piala Bacalla
- Joseph Bantolino Damasen
- Lot Olavides Correos
- Reydante Santos Mendoza
- Ricky Arangorin Gapasin
- Jonniefer Derapite Aleta
- Renator Flores Toribio
- Wynfred Penaranda Balazo
- Edgar Tabanao Melecio
- George Barbaso Espliguera Jr.
- Edwin Deriada Acebo
- Rosilo Navarro Sansolis
- Gilbert Feliciano Flora
- Mark Timothy Denosta Causarin
M/V Bulk Jupiter is a Bahamas registered vessel which is 190-meters (623-foot) long and weighs 56,000-tonnes. She’s owned by Gearbulk, a Bergen-based shipping company, and that time, was en route from Malaysia to China carrying a cargo of bauxite. The vessel was said to be 155 nautical miles off Vietnam when she sent a distress signal that was then picked up by the Japanese coast guard. Unfortunately, she perished on the stormy seas of Vung Tau and endangered the life of her 19 sailors onboard.
Alive to tell the tale
“I don’t understand why the ship had the accident and sank. I just knew that the ship, which was on its way, suddenly tilted,” said Angelito Capindo Rojas, a resident of Iloilo City, when asked by media personnel about the tragedy.
Out of 19 crew on board, the dear chief cook was sole survivor. It’s heartbreaking that others were declared either dead or missing.
“I just had time to put on life vest and jump into the sea.” Rojas added.
I remember an English professor who used to remind us that life is a sea of uncertainties. Eventually, life is more uncertain to those who are sailing. Third mate Dinoy and Chief Cook Rojas are no other people to me. They are my colleagues, the former a batchmate under the Norwegian Shipowners Association Philippines Cadet Project and the latter, a good friend, confidante and gym buddy on my last vessel.
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