China Shipping tanker catches fire off Shanghai, one dead

Oil tanker Ye Chi (45,740dwt, built 2009), operated by China Shipping Group’s oil shipping arm China Shipping Tanker, caught fire yesterday afternoon off Dayangshan Island, Shanghai.

Five crew members were injured and one died after been sent to hospital, while the remaining 20 crew were rescued unharmed.

The tanker was carrying diesel from Shanghai to Singapore. The fire occurred in the accommodation area of the ship. Shanghai Maritime Rescue Center sent four ships and one helicopter in the rescue operations with the fire put out late last evening.

Currently authorities are investigating the incident.

The accident was the second involving a China Shipping tanker in the past two weeks. Another tanker operated by the company, Bai Chi, was involved in a collision at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Port on July 24th.

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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