On December 15, the container ship Hong Yuan 02 ran aground off Small Huanglong Island near Zhoushan, China. The Hong Yuan 02 was headed to Humen from Jingtang when it struck a reef with considerable force. The hull area around the bow was breached allowing water ingress into several cargo holds. Unable to control the flooding, the Hong Yuan 02 developed a 20 degree list to starboard and the bow partially submerged.
The following day a patrol boat arrived on scene and evacuated 13 of the 21 crew on board. In addition, several crane ships arrived on scene and began salvage operations. No reports of injuries.
On December 17, the lightering of containers had removed a small number of the 864 20-foot containers and 68 21-foot containers on board. The tanker Pu Yuan 1 arrived on site and began pumping off the fuel from the Hong Yuan 02. No reports of pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.