Two cargo ships collide off Zhoushan, one dead and one missing

Two cargo ships collide off Zhoushan, one dead and one missing

Shanghai: Two general cargo ships, Wan Li 8 (4,071dwt, built 2007) and Heng Run (5,287dwt, built 2008), collided with each other off Zhoushan in China yesterday leading to the sinking of Heng Run.

Sierra Leone-flagged general cargo ship Heng Run was carrying ore from Vietnam to Korea while China-flagged general cargo ship Wan Li 8 (pictured) was carrying steel from Zhangjiagang to Kaohsiung.

Zhejiang Maritime Rescue Department sent three ships for the rescue operation and also requested help from the local navy after receiving a distress call from Wan Li 8, which had released lifeboats for the crew onboard Heng Run.

The rescue department team rescued 7 crew and local navy rescued 5 crew, while a further crew member was found dead. Another crew member swam to nearby Huangxing Island and survived, while one remains missing.

Search and rescue operations continue.

Jason Jiang

Jason worked for a number of logistics firms following his English degree, then switched this hands-on experience to writing and has since become one the most prolific writers on the diverse China logistics industry writing for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week. Jason’s access to the biggest shippers with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives.

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