A livestock ship with 39 Filipino crewmembers went missing in East China Sea, according to a tweet from the vessel finder app MarineTraffic.
“The GULF LIVESTOCK 1 has disappeared, probably hit by high waves & strong winds caused by typhoon #MAYSAK, our data shows. The search for the livestock carrier in load began as concern for the safety of 43 crew onboard rises,” the tweet read.
A post from the Facebook page of The Seamanship said the ship issued a distress signal at around 0145H off Ryuku Islands, Japan.
“The ship is carrying livestock en route from New Zealand to China. It is also boarded by 43 Crew including 39 Filipino, 2 New Zealand Nationals, 1 Australian and 1 Singaporean National,” the post read.
A patrol plane reportedly searched the area but didn’t find the ship. The search continues as of 1500H Tokyo time, according to The Seamanship.
“Japan Coast Guard Ship was in the area and say that the Livestock carrier last position dated 1230H of Sept. 1, the ship was adrift. Observing the Ship’s track, it is maybe caught by Typhoon MAYSAK who currently on the same position and the wind gusts is up to 130Kt,” the Seamanship post added.
The Daily Tribune has asked the International Maritime Organization in an email for comment but the London-based agency has yet to reply.