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.