The 118 meter long, 7543 dwt chemical tanker Danum 165 became disabled south of Ningbo, China in Sanmen Bay, East China Sea whilst caught in a typhoon. The Danum 165 had suffered a mechanical breakdown as Typhoon Fitow struck the area. The crew attempted to drop anchor and ride out the storm, but the strong winds and waves cause the anchor to drag. As the tanker drifted towards shore, the crew sent out a distress call asking for assistance. The Chinese Rescue Agency dispatched the salvage tug East Sea Rescue 111 to the scene. After 30 hours of battling the conditions, the tug’s crew were able to attach a towline to the Danum 165. The vessel was taken under tow to a shipyard in Putuo, Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
- Typhoon Fitow wreaks havoc in E China province (sott.net)
- Typhoon Fitow (Quedan) Update #9 (weatherngayon.wordpress.com)