The passenger ferry Seatran Ferry 12 has sunk in rough weather while in the Taiwan Strait off Kaohsiung Taiwan. The vessel issued a distress signal late on October 23, 2020. At the time the vessel had 10 crew members, only 5 of which have been found. Search and rescue operations continue at present. The vessel was recently purchased by Thailand’s Seatran Ferry Company. All of the crew are believed to be Thai.
It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations related to dangerous weather conditions are not made. This is especially so when working on a ship. Safe maritime companies must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of their crew members and passengers at risk. When employers fail to account for dangerous weather conditions, catastrophic incidents can result. The risks of catastrophic death as a result of sailing into dangerous weather conditions must always be taken into account by safe maritime and cargo companies. Routes must be carefully planned in order to minimize risk. Ultimately in this instance, it is unknown what contributed to cause the sinking of this ferry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this tragedy.
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