The general cargo ship Chang Xin 97 troubled after cargo shift in Hangzhou Bay, China. The vessel developed heavy list to starboard after cargo shift in bad weather and rough seas. There was immediate danger for stability and seaworthiness of the cargo ship and crew sheltered near Xugong Island, northeast off Ningbo, China. The local authorities were informed about the accident and dispatched salvage ship to assist with stabilizing of the general cargo vessel. After ballasting and stowage of part of the cargo, the situation was normalized and taken under control. There is no immediate danger for the stability of the vessel and no danger from capsizing, but salvage is under way.
During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident and will follow full inspection of the general cargo ship before releasing to return in operations.
The general cargo ship Chang Xin 97 has overall length of 97.00 m, moulded beam of 16.00 m and maximum draft of 5.10 m. The vessel is operating under the flag of China.