North Korean freighter Kum San sank off China after collision

Ship sankThe North Korean general cargo ship Kum San sank off the east coast of China after collision with local fuel tanker. The accident happened near Lianyuanhang port, where the Korean freighter was anchored, but was hit by the bunkering tanker, which was maneuvering in vicinity. The collision caused large breach and underwater hole of the general cargo ship Kum San, which started getting water ingress and received large list. The 27 crew were unable to stabilize the freighter and abandoned the ship into a life boat and were rescued by coast guard and nearby ships. The North Korean general cargo ship Kum San capsized and sank less than two hours after the collision, but fortunately all the people were in good health and without injuries. The Chinese fuel tanker was not damaged during the accident.

The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The Chinese was detained for special survey and inspection. There were several tons of fuel on board of the submerged Korean freighter and local authorities are monitoring the area around the ship.

The North Korean general cargo ship Kum San (IMO: 7418373) has overall length of 132.00 m, moulded beam of 17.00 m and maximum draft of 7.80 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 8,576 DWT and the gross tonnage is 5,852 GRT. The ship was built in 1977 by Southern African Shipyard in Durban, South Africa. During the accident the cargo vessel was anchored off Lianyuanhang with cargo of rice.