The 112 meter long container ship Xing Tai 5 foundered off Shanghai, China. The vessel’s crew were able to send out a distress call before the container ship capsized and sank spilling crew and containers into the water. Eleven of the 16 crew were rescued. A nearby vessel pulled five crew from the water and a rescue helicopter lifted six others to safety. Authorities continue to search for the remaining five crew of the Xing Tai 5. Reports state over 20 containers were spotted floating on the water. The cause for capsizing was not reported.
On December 19, the 637 gt barge Heng Hong 168 capsized off Horsburgh Lighthouse, Singapore. The fishing barge had 11 crew members on board when it capsized. Six crew were able to reach the vessel’s liferaft and were later rescued. Singapore authorities dispatched multiple vessels and two helicopters in a search and rescue operation for the 5 missing crewmen. Four days later, one crewman was found drifting off Bintan Island by the Indonesian Coast Guard. The man was taken to hospital for treatment. Search for the remaining 4 crew are still ongoing.
The 620 dwt research vesselAkademik Shokalskiy became trapped in ice off the coast of Antarctica near Stillwell Island. The Akademik Shokalskiy had been at anchor 40 miles off Mawson’s Hut on Cape Denison, Antarctica with 74 people when it departed for the Mertz glacier. The vessel became stuck in heavy ice floes as it approached Cape de la Motte. The vessel contacted authorities and three icebreakers were dispatched to aid the Akademik Shokalskiy. Reports state the nearest vessels were at least two days away, but the research vessel was in no immediate danger. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.