Posted on March 13, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Chinese Bulk Carrier, Ming Zhou 66, collided with the gravel carrier, Hong Cheng Yun 3, in the morning of March 12th.
The incident occurred off Wenzhou, East China Sea, at approximately 11:15 am local time.
The Gravel carrier struck the Ming Zhou in its starboard cargo hold area.
During the collision, the Hong Cheng Yun’s bow ramp collapsed onto the Ming Zhou’s deck.
The bulk carrier suffered a hull breach, and experienced water ingress, as it began listing onto its starboard side.
The two vessels were stuck together, unable to disengage, further exacerbating a dangerous situation. Search & Rescue ships and tugs were deployed in a salvage operation in order to assist the two vessels.
Approximately 5 hours later, the two ships were separated, and the water ingress was put under control.
The Ming Zhou 66 was towed to Wenzhou South Channel and was anchored off Zhungyuan Island.
The Hong Cheng Yun 3 reached her port of destination under her own power.