The car carrier Makassar Highway collided with dredger Xiang Want Cai 17 in Taiwan Strait on 12 nautical miles off Zhangzhou, China. The cargo ship was proceeding through Taiwan Strait from Sakaisenboku in Japan to Gulei in China and headed to approach the port, when her route was crossed by the dredger. The the crossing routes caused collision, despite of the last minute maneuver from the vessels. The dredger Xiang Want Cai 17, which was loaded with gravel, suffered breaches and started getting water ingress with danger of sinking, while the car carrier was slightly damages and proceeded by own power to the port.
During the collision on board of the dredger Xiang Want Cai 17 were were nine Chinese crew members, which were not able to pump out the water from the vessel. They requested assistance from the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched two rescue boats, which evacuated the seamen from the sinking ship. The salvage operation was initiated and two tug were dispatched to assist the troubled dredger, but towing might cause capsizing and sinking. The vessel is still afloat and salvors are trying to pump out the water from the ship and to improve stability and stop water ingress.
The car carrier Makassar Highway was detained in Gulei for further inspection, survey and further investigation. The vessel suffered slight damages, but according to the local authorities is responsible for the collision. However, circumstances are under clearance. The warning for navigation danger in Taiwan Strait was sent to seafarers, but traffic is not disturbed.
The car carrier Makassar Highway (IMO: 9235426) has overall length of 139.00 m, moulded beam of 23.00 m and maximum draft of 6.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 17,735 DWT and the gross tonnage is 6,890 GRT. The ship was built in 2012 by Usuki Shipbuilding in Japan. The owner and manager of car carrier Makassar Highway is Japanese company Taiyo Nippon Kisen.
The dredger Xiang Want Cai 17 has overall length of 38.00 m, moulded beam of 8.00 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m.