The 90 meter long cargo vessel Hua Chun 19 capsized and sank in the Yellow Sea off Qingdao, China. The Hua Chun 19 had departed from Qingdao with 4000 tons of steel bound for Guangdong. Some 70 miles from Qingdao, the vessel suffered a cargo shift causing the vessel to capsize and sink in just a few minutes. Authorities launched a search and rescue operation and pulled 5 survivors from the water. All had suffered hypothermia and were taken to hospital. Authorities also pulled 2 bodies of crewmen who had drowned. Four additional men were still reported missing. An oil sheen was spotted near the sinking. Authorities dispatched a pollution control vessel to the scene.
The 154 meter long, 10362 dwt reefer Costa Rican Star collided with the 173 meter long freighter DE QIN 88. Both vessels were at anchor when bad weather caused the anchor of the Costa Rican Star to drag. The reefer struck the DE QIN 88’s stern. Both vessels suffered damage with the DE QIN 88 losing its anchor. No reports of injuries.
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.