Ship collision leads to blockade of Taicang Port

Ship collision leads to blockade of Taicang Port

Cotainership Hua Yuan 9999 and dry bulk vessel Pu Hui 1 collided on Yangtze River near Taicang Port this morning.

Hua Yuan 9999 capsized after the collision and all 115 containers onboard the vessel fell into the water, blocking the navigation channel of Taicang Port.

The local maritime safety authority have sent a rescue team and managed to save all four crew of the ship from the water, and implemented emergency traffic control blocking any ships coming in and going out of the port until further notice.

In the meantime, ten tugboats and six engineering vessels have been deployed to the scene for container salvage operations, which are still ongoing.

Taicang Port is a major transshipment hub for cargo transport between Yangtze River ports and coastal ports. It completed a cargo handling volume of 250m tons and a container volume of 4.5m teu in 2017.

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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