Eleven missing after fishing vessel sank in collision with boxship Sinotrans Xiamen in Taiwan Strait

Sinotrans XiamenThe fishing vessel Min Shi Yu 07878 sank in collision with container ship Sinotrans Xiamen in Taiwan Strait on 50 nautical miles southwest off Xiamen, China. Following the accident, the fishing ship capsized and all the 14 fishermen fell overboard into the water. The container ship stopped engines and remained adrift near the collision site and crew organized immediate search and rescue operations, in which also joined other fishing ships and nearby boats. In the first minutes after the accident were rescued 3 fishermen, while another 11 went missing. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were dispatched rescue boats and helicopter, but unfortunately there is no trace from the missing people.

The container carrier Sinotrans Xiamen was ordered to return Xiamen for further investigation. The further circumstances around the collision were not revealed, but according to preliminary information there was low visibility in the area.

The container ship Sinotrans Xiamen (IMO: 9367968) has overall length of 145.00 m, moulded beam of 22.00 m and maximum draft of 7.00 m. The deadweight of the carrier is 12,550 DWT and the gross tonnage is 9,587 GRT. The ship was built in 2008 by Kyokuyo Shipbuilding and Iron Works in Shimonoseki, Japan. During the accident, the container carrier was en route from Shantou to Quanzhou.

The fishing vessel Min Shi Yu 07878 has overall length of 39.00 m, moulded beam of 8.00 m and maximum draft of 3.00 m.