Ningbo Marine coal carrier hit by gravel barge near Wenzhou

Ningbo Marine coal carrier hit by gravel barge near Wenzhou

General cargo vessel Ming Zhou 66 and gravel barge Hong Cheng Yun 3 collided near Wenzhou in the East China Sea on Tuesday.

The incident happened when Ming Zhou 66, loaded with coal, was sailing off from the anchorage site and the barge struck into the portside of the ship.

Local maritime safety administration sent out a rescue team and managed to safely evacuate all 31 crew from both vessels, while another team of engineers took five hours to cut the hull of Ming Zhou 66 in order to separate the two ships.

Ming Zhou 66, operated by Ningbo Marine, was towed to a safe anchorage and the water ingress situation was under control, while the gravel barge arrived its port of destination in Wenzhou.

Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.

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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