The 97 meter long freighter Hua Shan loaded with 4,000 tons of coal caught fire while off Chaolian Island near Qingdao City, China. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly went out of control. Fifteen of the 16 crew were able to escape to the Hua Shan’s lifeboat and were later rescued by a passing ship. One crewman was reported still stranded on the vessel. No reports of injuries. No further details reported.