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Roro ship hits reef in the Yangtze River

Roro passenger ship Heji 609 hit a reef while it was sailing near Chongqing on the Yangtze River yesterday.

The incident caused water penetration into the cabin, with the ship carrying 40 vehicles, 68 passengers and 20 crewmembers onboard.

Chongqing Maritime Safety Administration sent a team for the rescue and managed to evacuate all the passengers and crewmembers onboard the vessel.

Currently two salvage vessels and two floating cranes are moving the vehicles on the vessel to another roro vessel Heji 616.

The vessel is operated by Yichang Heji Transport, a shipping company which largely focuses on vehicle shipping on the Yangtze utilising a fleet of 15 roro ships.

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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