CNOOC Offshore Oil Engineering, a unit of CNOOC, has disclosed that its offshore engineering vessel Hai Yang Shi You 202 was blown away from the anchorage area and ran aground near Hainan when Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Southeast coast of China yesterday.
The local maritime safety administration sent out three tugboat after receiving a distress signal from the company, and managed to tow the vessel to a safe zone.
One of the ballast water tanks suffered damage however all 73 crews onboard the vessel are safe.
Typhoon Mangkhut landed from the coastal area of Guangdong yesterday, with almost all the major ports in the surrounding area including Guangzhou Port, Shenzhen Port, and Xiamen Port temporarily suspended operations and had been focusing on damage prevention work.
An official from Guangzhou Port tells Splash that the port will gradually resume operations today and the port didn’t suffer much damage during the typhoon attack as the contingency plan had been well executed.
As the typhoon is moving further west into Guangxi today, Beihai Port has suspended all sailings in and out of the port and have sent instructions for nearby vessels to go to safe anchorage area.