Residents of Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay have raised concerns over the fate of the “Yu Hai 1” off Nim Shue Wan that was grounded three weeks ago but was now partially submerged and leaking oil into the surrounding waters. On Aug 23, 2017, the container feeder, which was not loaded at that time, drifted into the area near the Discovery Bay marina at the height of Typhoon Hato.
Fierce winds and raging waves forced the vessel into a sea wall, prompting the crew to abandon ship which remained stranded at the location since, prompting calls from worried residents for the Marine Department and contractor to speed up salvage and cleaning efforts. Last week, the ship began sinking. Fuel oil was also seen seeping out of the wreck.
Only the masts and bridge remained above water. Marine Department officials have been monitoring the sunken vessel and have urged the association to salvage it as soon as possible and prevent an oil pollution. After a small amount of oil had been spilled, it immediately informed the insurer, which dispatched a company for the clean-up. Contractors from the insurance company involved have put up oil booms to contain the spill and were seen siphoning away the oil from the surface though oil had already leaked past the boom. About 50 tons of heavy marine fuel and gas oil were carried on the vessel.
The vessel owner has already commissioned a protection and indemnity club – independent mutual insurance associations consisting of shipowners and charterers who pool the risks and costs of third-party liabilities in ship operations – to carry out the salvage.