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 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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