Two dead and four missing after Chinese coastal freighter Jin Hang Hai 6 sank in collision near Nantong

nantong wreckageChinese freighters Chang Xun 17 and Jin Hang Hai 6 collided in Yangtze River near Nantong. The collision caused breaching of Jin Hang Hai 6, which started getting water ingress and capsized. All 13 crew members on board of the freighter had to be rescued from the water. In the first minutes after the accident, the nearby fishermen and cargo ships succeeded to recover 9 people from Yangtze River, but two of them were recovered dead from drowning. Another four seamen from the crew of general cargo ship Jin Hang Hai 6 went missing. The local authorities organized large scale search and rescue operation for the missing crew, engaging local fishermen and rescue helicopter.

The general cargo ship Chang Xun 17 did not suffered serious damages and remained afloat. The crew succeeded to stabilize her and successfully docked in Nantong. All the crew from the freighter Chang Xun 17 were in good health and without reported injuries.

The local authorities initiated investigation for the root cause of the accident. The traffic in the area is hampered and maritime administration sent notice to mariners to avoid the ship wreckage site. The area is monitored for oil leaks and water pollution.

The general cargo ship Jin Hang Hai 6 is owned by Guangxi Fangchenggang Jinhang Shipping and during the accident was carrying 4,500 tons of steel from Jiangyin to Guangzhou. The vessel has overall length of 96.00 m, moulded beam of 14.00 m and maximum draft of 4.20 m.

The general cargo ship Chang Xun 17 has overall length of 118.00 m, moulded beam of 20.00 m and maximum draft of 4.50 m. During the accident the ship was en route from Chongqing to Zhangjiagang.