Boxship collides with trawler off Xiamen, 11 feared dead

Boxship collides with trawler off Xiamen, 11 feared dead

The 907 teu Hong Kong-flagged Sinotrans Xiamen, operated by Sinotrans Shipping, collided with a fishing vessel near Xiamen just after midnight today. The fishing vessel sank and the local coastguard to date has been able to rescue just three of the 14 men from the trawler. Search and rescue operations continue.

The accident happened 50 nautical miles southwest in the Taiwan Strait, an exceptionally busy waterway, teaming with fishing trawlers where accidents are unfortunately commonplace.

 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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