The 29 meter long high-speed ferry Cacilhas caught fire between Hong Kong and Macau. The ferry had left from the Sheung Wan terminal with 134 passengers when the fire broke out in the vessel’s engine room by a malfunctioning machine. Black smoke and fire erupted out of the starboard side funnel. All passengers were transferred to the lower deck while the local fire brigade responded. The fire was extinguished and the ferry was towed back to the Sheung Wan terminal. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 96 meter long cargo ship Hao Jun became disabled near Macau, China. The cargo vessel had lost power during severe conditions by Typhoon Kalmaegi. The Hao Jun encountered 100 km/h wind gusts and waves reaching 10 meters high caused by the typhoon. The Hao Jun was taking on water and was in danger of sinking when the vessel’s master sent out a distress call. A helicopter was dispatched and with great difficulty winched up the 14 crew off the Hao Jun to safety. One crewman was taken to hospital for treatment. No reports to the fate of the Hao Jun. Last report states the vessel was taking on water and was in a sinking state.
- 14 Crew Saved from Typhon-Battered Cargo Ship (worldmaritimenews.com)
The 27 meter long, 50 dwt high speed ferry Cacilhas ran aground at the entrance to Macau. The ferry was en route to Macau from Hong Kong with 220 passengers when the vessel struck the Macao breakwater at full speed of 35 knots. Reports state 57 passengers and 1 crewman suffered minor injuries and taken to hospital. No serious injuries reported. The Cacilhas sustained significant damage to its hydrofoils and hull. No pollution reported.
The cause of the incident is under investigation. Some reports stated the weather at the time was reported fine and clear, but the incident occurred during the high tide in which the breakwater was not visible.
More information about the vessel can be found here.