Rabaul Shipping Fleet Seized in Papua-New Guinea by Angry Mob

In heavy weather last week, the passenger vessel, MV Rabaul Queen, owned by Rabaul Shipping, capsized and sank off Papua-New Guinea.  246 people were rescued, yet over 100 passengers are presumed dead. The Australian Maritime Safety Administration (AMSA) praised the efforts of a number of merchant vessels involved in the high seas rescue. AMSA would like to thank the … [Read more...]

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Containership Rescues 116 Survivors Off Papua New Guinea

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. today announced that the MOL-operated containership MOL Summer rescued 116 survivors from the ferry Rabaul Queen, which sank about 17 km east of Papua New Guinea. According to local reports, the Rabaul Queen with about 350 passengers aboard was under way from the port of Kimbe on New Britain Island to Lae in Papua New Guinea. Rony Naigu, a … [Read more...]

Search and Rescue off Papua New Guinea Continues, IMO Secretary General Extends Condolances

On February 1st, the passenger ferry MV Rabaul Queen sank in heavy seas off Papua Guinea.  The search for survivors continues. Papua New Guinea's Maritime Rescue Coordination Center spokesperson Nerae Mari Mahu said estimates of the numbers on board the vessel ranged between 300 and 350, but that the owners of the 47m vessel, Rabaul Shipping, were yet to produce the relevant … [Read more...]

Passenger Ferry Sinks in Heavy Seas off Papua New Guinea, Dozens Feared Dead **UPDATE**

A Papua-New Guinea (PNG) flagged passenger ship/RoRo sunk yesterday in heavy seas off the eastern coast of Papua New Guinea.  350 people are reported to have been on board the vessel. Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the MV Rabaul Queen was believed to have sunk while traveling from Kimbe to Lae, in Papua New Guinea, at around 7.30am yesterday morning, Canberra … [Read more...]