The 97 meter long freighter Hua Shan loaded with 4,000 tons of coal caught fire while off Chaolian Island near Qingdao City, China. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly went out of control. Fifteen of the 16 crew were able to escape to the Hua Shan’s lifeboat and were later rescued by a passing ship. One crewman was reported still stranded on the vessel. No reports of injuries. No further details reported.
The 32 meter long tug Toia collided with the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth at Wellington, New Zealand. The tug loaded with 50 passengers was passing along the port side of the Queen Elizabeth when the Toia’s funnel struck the cruise ship’s funnel. The funnel was damaged, but the Toia was able to proceed under its own power. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Local authorities have launched an investigation and have notified Maritime NZ of the incident.
The 1517 dwt passenger ferry Trans-Asia 9 went aground at Lawis Ledge near Talisay City, Philippines. The Trans-Asia 9 loaded with 364 passengers and 72 crew was en route to Cebu City from Cagayan de Oro when it went aground while trying to avoid a collision with another vessel . The vessel was able to refloat itself on the high tide and proceeded to Cebu City. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Philippine Coast Guard was notified and has detained the vessel until it can inspected for any hull damage. Reports state the mate was at the helm at the time and made a navigation error resulting in the grounding.