Posted on September 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Chinese-flagged Container Ship, XIN OU 21 lost over 72 containers during the evening hours of September the 5th, while transiting off Zhoushan, China.
The vessel was en route from Xiamen to Rizhao when the incident occurred.
The Containership was caught in the typhoon Lingling, that ravaged South-East Asia over the weekend. It’s been reported to be one of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the region, costing several people their lives as it swept through China and South/North Korea.
While it was caught in the typhoon the vessel developed a heavy starboard list, and as a result, proceeded to lose 72 containers from its deck.
Salvaging operations are currently on-going in the region; ships navigating through the area have been warned of the potential navigational hazard.
Local authorities had to issue an urgent notice on September the 7th, when a large number of frozen meat and animal products were found all along the Putuo Mountain, saying that the meat products were contaminated and should not be consumed.
Through the efforts of over 15 patrol boats, that were operating in the areas of Qionglai, Lushan, Maju, Putuoshan, Shenjiamen and Liuheng, 36 containers were found.
At least 20 containers have been disposed of, but some have sunk in the bottom of the seabed.
Finally, another 3-4 containers have been towed to the port of Xiangshan by fishing vessels operating in the area.
A number of containers have also been found floating in the XIangshan Sea, but are still waiting to be salvaged.
Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic