On June 18, the 98 meter long tanker Yu Shun 88 loaded with a cargo of bitumen caught fire off Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. Reports state the blaze started in the tanker’s engine room and threaten to spread through the vessel. The crew was able to enable the fire suppression system and contain the fire. The Yu Shun 88 sent out a distress call with authorities arriving a short time later. All 14 crew on board the Yu Shun 88 were evacuated safely.
The following day, rescuers found the fire had sufficiently cooled down and the tanker was in no risk. The Yu Shun 88 was taken under tow to a nearby anchorage in Wenzhou Bay. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state there was significant damage to the engine room including the main engine.
On May 30, the 104 meter long cargo vessel Lian Hang 7 sank in the East China Sea off Ningbo, China. The Lian Hang 7 was en route to Zhoushan from Fujian when it suffered hull failure 10 miles off Ningbo. The vessel’s pumps were unable to control the water ingress and the vessel quickly flooded. The crew alerted authorities the vessel was in danger of foundering and needed assistance. Chinese authorities dispatched a rescue boat to the scene. Authorities were able to rescue 13 of the 14 crew on board. One crewman was missing and presumed trapped as the Lian Hang 7 sank until only part of the superstructure remained above the water.
Reports state the area had been impacted by a cyclone, but it was not a factor in the incident. No further details reported.
On May 20, the 292 meter long, 177,807 dwt bulk carrier (VLOC) Casta Diva collided with the 180 meter long, 32,650 dwt bulk carrier Ming Lian in the East China Sea off Shanghai, China. The Casta Diva was headed out to sea from Shanghai when it struck the forward starboard section of the Ming Lian. The Ming Lian sustained severe damage including a several meter long hull breach above the waterline, railings destroyed and part of the bridge wing crushed. The Casta Diva sustained scrapes and dents to its bow. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. Both vessels proceeded to a nearby anchorage to be surveyed.
Reports state both bulk carriers will proceed to shipyards for repairs. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.