Chemical tanker sinks on Yangtze River, two missing

Chemical tanker sinks on Yangtze River, two missing

Shanghai: Chemical tanker Wan Dong Fang sank on the Yangtze River near Nanjing yesterday. The two crewmembers onboard are still missing.

The vessel, owned by Bengbu Dongfang Shipping, was carrying around 300 tons of liquid sodium hydroxide from Taizhou to Hefei via Wuhu.

Nanjing maritime authorities have sent a team for the rescue, and two salvage vessels from Jiangsu Jiaolong Harbor Engineering and Nanjing Yangzi Salvage Engineering, along with two tugboats from Nanjing Port.

The tank of the vessel has not been damaged. However, environment protection authorities are still investigating potential pollution from the accident.

The vessel has been lifted out of the water and search and rescue work for the two crews are still ongoing.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.

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