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Police raid Stellar Daisy carrier in wreck investigation

Police in South Korea have raided Polaris Shipping's offices in Seoul and Busan. Investigators are hoping to find new information concerning the cause of the tragic accident in April in which the carrier's vessel, Stellar Daisy, sank in the South Atlantic.

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South Korean police have raided the carrier involved in the tragic Stellar Daisy accident which is presumed to have resulted in 22 fatalities.

The dawn raids occurred Thursday last week at Polaris Shipping's offices in Seoul and Busan, in an effort to unearth new information about the cause of the accident in early April, reports news media including Yonhap News.

According to two Filipino seafarers, so far the only survivors after the accident, the dry bulk vessel's hull cracked which made the cargo displace and which subsequently lead to then sinking of the vessel.

Stellar Daisy was a rebuilt supertanker from 1993 of the type Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC). The ship type has since been scrutinized, as it turned out that Polaris Shipping has discovered cracks in two of its other VLOC vessels.

The South Korean carrier is now scrutinizing its entire fleet for defects and shortages.

Polaris Shipping has also agreed to pay damages to the families of the seafarers who remain missing.

There were eight South Koreans and 16 Filipinos on board the Stellar Daisy when it sank in the South Atlantic 2,300 nautical miles off Uruguay. The ship was headed from Brazil to China with 260,000 tons iron ore.

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