Posted on July 08, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Chinese Container Ship, YU HANG 18 collided with the Marshall-Islands flagged Bulk Carrier, ODIGITRIA, in the evening of July the 6th, while transiting through Yangtze, River, China.

The incident occurred at approximately 18:00, LT near Zhenjiang. The Yu Hang 18 had been carrying 160 containers at the time, charged with transporting them from Nantong to Nanjing.

Unfortunately, the vessel lost control due to the adverse weather conditions present in the area and proceeded to crash against the Odigitria, that had been moored at the No.2 berth of a nearby power plant.

During the collision, the port side bow of the Yu Hang 18 struck the bow of the Odigtria. As a result, 7 containers fell overboard into the river.

Both vessels sustained damage to their hulls in the process, however, the exact nature of the damages is unknown at this time. We know that the Odigitria suffered damages to its starboard side.

Thankfully, there was no report of pollution or injury as a result of the collision.

Local maritime safety authorities have sent a team to salvage the lost containers while diverting traffic through the nearby waterways.

Furthermore, the local authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the incident. Initial reports, however, suggest that strong river currents and high winds are to blame for the collision.


Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic.

Posted in Safety , Collision , China , Asia

If you enjoyed this article sign up to our free weekly newsletter here