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.