On September 19, the 149 meter long bulk carrier Grace Mariner became disabled during a heavy storm in the Taiwan Strait. The vessel was between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces when it suffered a mechanical failure and went adrift. The crew requested assistance with the Chinese Authorities dispatching a rescue vessel to the scene. The rescue vessel East Sea Rescue 116 arrived on scene and took the Grace Mariner under tow. The vessels proceeded to Xiamen to an anchorage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 180 meter long, 38215 dwt bulk carrier Ultra Vanscoy collided with a fishing boat off Gulei, Fujian, China. The fishing boat quickly sank. One crewman perished and another 4 men will reported as missing.
The 120 meter long, 8522 dwt tanker Woojin Chemi struck and sank a fishing boat off Fuzhou, China. The fishing boat quickly filled with water and sank. Six crewmen were rescued, but 2 others were reported as missing.
- Bulk Carrier Collides with Fishing Boat off Fujian (worldmaritimenews.com)
The 97 meter long freighter Hg Xin Yuan Shun 6 sank off Hui’an, Quanzhou, Fujian, China. The freighter loaded with 5,000 tons of pottery clay was en route to Shandong province when it encountered strong winds and rough seas. The vessel sent out a distress call before it went down. The authorities dispatched several vessels and two helicopters. One crewman out of the 11 on board was found alive and taken to hospital. Eight bodies were also recovered. The cause of the sinking was not reported, but it is suspected a cargo shift in the hold caused the vessel to list and capsize in the bad weather. Authorities also are looking for a possible oil spill from the sunken vessel.