We regret it most deeply that M.V. "STELLAR DAISY" under our control and her 22 crew members are missing in the South Atlantic Ocean since 31st March, 2017.
The vessel left GIT, Brasil on 26th March and was en-route to China at the time of her last position report.
All the efforts are being made to save her crew members including large-scale Air/Sea Search & Rescue operation over the surrounding waters under the dedicated international cooperation by several government bodies and civilian parties.
Sincerely hoping that the entire crew members can safely return to their families shortly, our mind and heart is with them at every moment.
The case is under investigation and the outcome will be further announced in due course, meanwhile, you are kindly invited to join the families and avoid speculations as much as possible in these difficult times.We also take this opportunity to convey our sincere appreciation to all those who are involved in the SAR operation and all those who kindly sent their support in this matter.
If you have any inquires with regards to the M.V. “STELLAR DAISY” accident, we would appreciate it if you kindly contact the representative of our company whose contact details are as follows.
Mr. Paul Apostolis
<Press Release on 20th April 2017 regarding VLOC converted fleet>
The managers have embarked on a systematic fleet structural survey program in consultation with Class KR and Lloyds Register as independent consultants.
Class KR has drafted structural inspection guidelines for all of the vessels, which the managers and the crew have immediately implemented on board while at sea. All findings are reported to class.
For those vessels which pass the initial on board inspection, as each vessel arrives at its earliest load or discharge port, she is being subjected to special survey by a team consisting of three dedicated senior superintendents from Polaris Shipping, three Korean Register Classification surveyors from the Dry Cargo Ship Technical Team and Survey Team and two engineers from Tae-Yang, a specialist steel strength gauging company.
In addition, Polaris Shipping has engaged the services of Lloyds Register who have committed three Technical Advisers to inspect each vessel in turn and advise on structural strength and design issues.
<Press Release on 13th April 2017, regarding MV Stellar Cosmo>
<Press Release on 13th April 2017, regarding MV Stellar Unicorn>
Polaris Shipping has initiated an internal inspection of all 18 VLOC vessels in its fleet. In addition each vessel will undergo independent inspection at arrival at the next scheduled port of call.
<Press Release on 8th April 2017, regarding MV Stellar Unicorn>
The Owners of the Stellar Daisy are working closely with the Uruguayan MRCC who are coordinating the search and rescue efforts for the crew of their vessel. Polaris Shipping has diverted three of their own vessels to the area to assist the search and rescue efforts. Two crew members whom are confirmed to be Philippine nationals have safely been recovered and are being repatriated to their families. The search for the remaining crew remains the priority and continues.
The cause of this accident is under full investigation by the Owners in consultation with Marshall Islands Flag State and Class. Owners and their P&I Club have appointed international experts to examine all factors that may have acted on the vessel and her cargo causing her to go missing. They will refrain from commenting on cause until such time as all of their inquiries have been completed.At this time the priority remains the safety of the crew to which the Owner's efforts are primarily being focused. The Owners would like to extend their deepest sympathies with all of the families of the missing crew members at this time, and to assure them that efforts to find them are continuing.