Posted on February 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Chinese fishing vessel, Zhong Yuan Yu 11, sank in the early morning hours of February the 15th, following a collision with the Argentine trawler, Pesca Vaqueiro.
The incident occurred at approximately 2:00 am in the morning, some 9 nautical miles outside Argentina’s exclusive economic zone, northwest of the Falkland Islands.
It’s not yet clear what events led to the collision.
Accounts from other ships in the area suggest that the damage suffered by the Pesca Vaqueiro was minimal and did not hinder the vessel’s operation.
Zhong Yuan Yu 11 on the other hand, suffered extensive damages and proceeded to sink following the collision.
Thankfully, all 30 seafarers aboard the Zhong Yuan Yu 11 were saved by a nearby Chinese-flagged vessel that had been operating in the area.
Argentina’s Maritime Control Center hasn’t received any reports of deaths or missing persons following the sinking.
GC-24 Mantilla, an Argentine Coast Guard vessel that had been operating in the area was sent to the scene, alongside an aeroplane that assisted with the search.
Allegedly, the Pesca Vaquiero had its AIS system turned off at the time of the collision.
Local maritime authorities have opened up an investigation into the incident.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic