Rabaul Queen sister ships torched at Buka

MSN NZ News
Angry locals in Bougainville have set fire to three ships belonging to the owner of the ferry MV Rabaul Queen, which sank six weeks ago killing as many as 200. Papua New Guinea awoke to news that three ships, the MV Kopra I, Kopra II and the MV Solomon Queen were set alight on Buka Island in the early hours of Saturday morning by former fighters in the Bougainville civil conflict.


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Malum Nalu: Kimbe Queen ordered off PNG waters

By Malum Nalu
It led to three of the company vessels being held at Buka wharf, Bougainville, by relatives of the survivors and victims of the mv Rabaul Queen disaster days later.THE passenger ferry mv Kimbe Queen has been ordered into dry dock for inspection by National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) officers after it ran aground on Wednesday.The vessel ran aground on a reef in Bialla waters off West New Britain on Wednesday morning while sailing from Rabaul to Lae. It had 34 passengers on board. Read More

BOUGAINVILLE PROTESTERS SEIZE VESSELS AFTER SINKING …

Pacific Islands Report
3 ships in Buka harbor occupied in MV Rabaul Queen protest trying to ensure that a protest over theRabaul Queen ferry disaster doesn’t get out of hand. More than 50 armed ex-militants are occupying three vessels in Buka harbor that belong to the Rabaul Shipping Company which operated the ship that sank off Morobe. Read More

Papua New Guinea ferry sinks; up to 350 aboard

The China Post
Rescuers plucked more than survivors out of the sea off Papua New Guinea’s east coast after a ferry sank Thursday with as many as 350 people on board. An airplane from Australia, three helicopters and eight ships scoured the area after the MV Rabaul Queen went went down while traveling from Kimbe on the island of New Britain to the coastal city of Lae on the main island. Read More

News of the word in photos: MV Rabaul Queen

Seattle Post Intelligencer
AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI Three life rafts from the MV Rabaul Queen float above the sunken hull of the ferry in the open waters off Papua New Guinea’s east coast, Thursday. Rescuers plucked more than 200 survivors from the sea off Papua New Guinea’s east coast after the ferry sank Thursday with as many as 350 people on board. (AP Photo/Post Courier) Photo: AP / SL

Barbara Dreaver: Ferry disaster a wake-up call

TVNZ
The NZ airforce sent a Hercules which helped find twenty survivors. Now, just two-and-a-half years later, we have yet another passenger ferry disaster. When the MV Rabaul Queen capsized there were 350 passengers on board and 12 crew. More than 230 survivors have been picked up but with each hour ticking by hope is running out for the missing.

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Timeline: Major peacetime ship disasters since the Titanic

KWCH
(Reuters) – A ferry sank on Thursday off the coast of Papua New Guinea with scores of people missing, Australian rescue authorities said. The MV Rabaul Queen ferry sank 9 miles off Finschhafen on Papua new Guinea’s north coast, with at least 350 people on board. Merchant ships picked up around 238.
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More than 110 missing from Papua New Guinea ferry Atlanta Journal Constitution

Atlanta Journal Constitution

AP PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — More than 110 people were missing Friday after a ferry sank off Papua New Guinea’s east coast, and rescuers feared many had been trapped inside. Three life rafts from the MV Rabaul Queen float above the sunken hull of the ferry in the open waters off Papua New Guinea Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Rescuers plucked more than 200 survivors from the sea off Papua New Guinea’s east coast after the ferry sank Thursday with as many as 350 people on board,Read More