On February 3, the 99 meter long cargo vessel Shun An Lun caught fire off Zhoushan, China while en route to Fuzhou from Shanghai. The fire started in the engine room and quickly spread through the vessel’s superstructure. The crew was able to request for assistance before escaping the blaze by escaping to the forecastle. The 11 crew waited in the forecastle until search and rescue vessels arrived a short time later. No reports of injuries.
Authorities were able to contain the blaze by the next day. Reports state the vessel will be towed back to a nearby port.
On December 15, the container ship Hong Yuan 02 ran aground off Small Huanglong Island near Zhoushan, China. The Hong Yuan 02 was headed to Humen from Jingtang when it struck a reef with considerable force. The hull area around the bow was breached allowing water ingress into several cargo holds. Unable to control the flooding, the Hong Yuan 02 developed a 20 degree list to starboard and the bow partially submerged.
The following day a patrol boat arrived on scene and evacuated 13 of the 21 crew on board. In addition, several crane ships arrived on scene and began salvage operations. No reports of injuries.
On December 17, the lightering of containers had removed a small number of the 864 20-foot containers and 68 21-foot containers on board. The tanker Pu Yuan 1 arrived on site and began pumping off the fuel from the Hong Yuan 02. No reports of pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 40 meter long cargo vessel Zhe Pu 01833 ran aground near Taohua Dao, China. The Zhe Pu 01833 had suffered engine failure while en route to Zhoushan with 300 tonnes of cement. The cargo vessel and drifted on the reef breaching the hull. The vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding in the cargo hold and the Zhe Pu 01833 later sank. All 5 crew on board were able to abandon ship into the life raft and were later safely rescued by a Coast Guard vessel. The Zhe Pu 01833 was en route to Ningbo from Taizhou.