Norwegian Cargo Ship Sinks Off Vietnam, Only 1 Member Of 19 Filipino Crew Survived

The Iloilo-based relatives of a Filipino chief cook who survived the sinking of a cargo vessel off the East Vietnam Sea are thankful for his “second chance” at life.

Angelito Capindo Rojas was a crew member of the Bahaman ship “Bulk Jupiter,” which sank Jan. 2 in the East Vietnam Sea with an all-Filipino crew.

The ship owner, Bergen-based Gearbulk, said the vessel was 155 nautical miles (287 kilometers) off Vietnam with a cargo of bauxite when it sent a distress signal that was picked up by the Japanese coast guard. The Philippine Foreign Affairs said the ship sank off the coast of Vung Tau, which is about 96 kilometers (59 miles) from the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City.

Tuoi Tre News published on its website the list of crew members from the ill-fated Bulk Jupiter. The names and ranks of the crew members are as follows:

  • Ronel Acueza Andrin – Captain
  • Renner Kari Resos Abogadie – Chief Officer
  • Gibbson Ladica Ranara – 2nd Officer
  • Jerome Maquilang Dinoy – 3rd Officer
  • Alexis Thomas Piala Bacalla – Jr. 3rd Officer
  • Joseph Bantolino Damasen – Chief Engineer
  • Lot Olavides Correos – 2nd Engineer
  • Reydante Santos Mendoza – 3rd Engineer
  • Ricky Arangorin Gapasin – Electrician
  • Jonniefer Derapite Aleta – Bosun
  • Renato Flores Toribio – AB 1
  • Wynfred Penaranda Balazo – AB 2
  • Edgar Tabanao Melecio – OS 1
  • George Barbaso Espliguera, Jr. – OS 2
  • Edwin Deriada Acebo – Filter
  • Rosilo Navarro Sansolis – Motorman
  • Gilbert Feliciano Flora – Wiper
  • Angelito Capindo Rojas – Chief Cook
  • Mark Timothy Denosta Causarin – Galley Boy