Bulk carrier Catalina collided with fishing vessel in East China Sea

Catalina shipThe bulk carrier Catalina collided with fishing vessel Lu Rong Yu 58398 in East China Sea, off the coast of Ningbo, China. The cargo ship was en route from Lianyungang to Beilun, but collided with fishing vessel during the night, due to low visibility and poor navigation lights. The fishing ship Lu Rong Yu 58398 capsized and sank, as 19 fishermen fell overboard. The coast guard dispatched rescue boat at the scene of the accident and succeeded to find 2 seamen, who were rescued. Another 17 people are still missing and local authorities started large scale search and rescue operation, engaging helicopters, nearby cargo vessels, fishing ships and several rescue boats. Currently there is not information about missing fishermen.

The bulk carrier Catalina did not reported about the collision and was accused by the Chinese authorities for hit&run. The vessel was ordered to anchor off Zhoushan for investigation and further inspection. The bulk carrier was traced by the coast guard and there are evidences that was engaged into the collision with fishing vessel.

The bulk carrier Catalina (IMO: 9299604) has overall length of 225.00 m, moulded beam of 32.62 m and maximum draft of 10.50 m. The deadweight of the cargo ship is 74,432 DWT and the gross tonnage is 40,485 GRT. The bulk carrier was built in 2005 by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group in their shipyard in Shanghai, China. The owner and operator of the ship Catalina is Greek company TMS Bulkers.