On June 18, the 98 meter long tanker Yu Shun 88 loaded with a cargo of bitumen caught fire off Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. Reports state the blaze started in the tanker’s engine room and threaten to spread through the vessel. The crew was able to enable the fire suppression system and contain the fire. The Yu Shun 88 sent out a distress call with authorities arriving a short time later. All 14 crew on board the Yu Shun 88 were evacuated safely.
The following day, rescuers found the fire had sufficiently cooled down and the tanker was in no risk. The Yu Shun 88 was taken under tow to a nearby anchorage in Wenzhou Bay. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state there was significant damage to the engine room including the main engine.
The 98 meter long, 6532 dwt cargo vessel Hao Xiang 19 capsized and sank in the East China Sea off Luxi Island near Wenzhou, China. The Hao Xiang 19 was headed to Wenzhou from Taizhou with a cargo of steel when it ran aground up on a reef off Luxi Island. The vessel sustained hull damage causing water ingress. Unable to control the flooding, the crew sent out a distress call to authorities. A search and rescue vessel was dispatched to the scene. As the vessel continued to fill with water, the Hao Xiang 19 developed a severe list to starboard. Two crew were able launch the vessel’s life raft, but the list prevented launching lifeboats from the starboard side.
A rescue boat arrived on scene and rescued 11 crew off the Hao Xiang 19 along with the 2 crew from the life raft. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Hao Xiang 19 eventually capsized and sank.
The 71 meter long, 1600 dwt cargo vessel Jian Hong No. 1 sank in the Taiwan Strait near Wenzhou, China. The Jian Hong No. 1 was en route to South Korea from Taichung with a cargo of sugar when it sank between Taiwan and Wenzhou. The crew was able to send out a distress call before the vessel sank. A dual search and rescue operation from China and Taiwan found two crew members of the Jian Hong No. 1 alive. The two were pulled from the sea and hoisted to safety by search helicopters. Eight crew were still reported as missing. The cause of the sinking was not reported. The Mongolian registered vessel was built in 1980 and may have suffered hull failure during the voyage.