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.
On February 17, the 60 meter long cargo vessel Shenzhou 19 sank near Shanghai, China. The vessel was en route to Guanzhou from Shanghai when the vessel foundered off Zhoushan. Authorities were alerted and requested assistance in a search and rescue in the area. Some 20 vessels joined authorities in searching for the six crew of the Shenzhou 19. Three crew of the Shenzhou 19 were pulled from the water, but later succumbed to hypothermia.
Search and rescue efforts continued for another two days for the remaining three missing crew. No further details reported.
The 125 meter long, 12313 dwt cargo vessel CSC Zhi Hai caught fire while berthed at Changshu, Shanghai, China. A fire started in the cargo hold containing paper pulp. The crew activated the fire suppression system before evacuating the vessel. The carbon dioxide system suppressed the fire in the hold keeping it from spreading further. Authorities waited until the hull had cooled down before inspecting the vessel. No reports of injuries.